The Realm #1

Created: Jeremy Haun & Seth M. Peck
Colors: Nick Filardi
Lettering & Design: Thomas Mauer

In another dystopian future with mutants and humans, Nolan is a hired mercenary. He takes people across deadly territory that once was the United States. Payment is made in clean water, medicines, and bullets; essentials for survival. Nolan is good at his job and offers partial refunds if the person he rescues dies. When he returns to his base after completing a mission, he is told by his boss a couple of people want to hire him. Nolan arranges to meet with them in a neutral spot and takes along Rook, a silent deadly sidekick, as extra insurance. These two mystery people want to hire Nolan to take them to Kansas City, but the catch is they are traveling with two scientists. Nolan is concerned that the scientists will slow them down but accepts the assignment. With a man only known as “The Beast” and nightmares plaguing Nolan, this trip may be his last.

This series, by Jeremy Haun and Seth M. Peck, is already getting rave reviews. The story starts as a mystery and Haun and Peck have a solid start but hold enough back to keep you guessing. Who is Nolan? What is up with that creepy nightmare? What is up with Rook? Is “The Beast” a good or bad guy? This story feels like Mad Max and Escape from New York, where everything is divided into territories and there are groups that rule and people who profit. Haun and Peck have taken an establishment in science fiction/fantasy that works very well in storytelling and hopefully created a fresh take on heroes and villains.

Nick Filardi and Thomas Mauer give us a gritty look of desolation. Abandoned towns, vacant highways, almost inhabitable terrain is what this future looks like. The interchange of hard sketches then detail gives this comic a look I haven’t seen since Beauty which I enjoyed. Filardi and Mauer give a good look to a wasteland with the use of dull colors to finish the effect. In certain panels, when the action picks up, there is an illusion of a burst of light which is cool to see. It’s a visual “POW” that kind of breaks up the monotony of the other panels.

I give it 3 stars, it is the first in the series. I want to continue to read it and I hope it gives me a new spin on this dystopian future trope.

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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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