Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Stephen Segovia
Colors: Elmer Santos
Publisher: Valiant Comics
In the post-apocalyptic future of 4001 A.D., Ana a.k.a War Mother has freed her people of The Grove from a tyrant named Sylvan. Once just the protector of The Grove, she is now its leader and must find a new home for her people before they starve.
The world of War Mother is an interesting one. Nature has retaken the world, and cyborg creatures of organic and artificial materials wander to trade their wares, preyed upon by reptilian monsters. Segovia’s illustrations bring this world to life with bombastic action accompanied by Elmer Santos’ vibrant colors.
The dialogue is light and snappy, with a slight leaning towards bits of melodrama. While it could come off as a failed attempt to be poetic, it instead enhances the somewhat campy aesthetic of the comic. Whether this was intentional or not, it works, giving the comic a light-hearted tone to carry it.
The plot is fairly simplistic; after Ana killed The Grove’s previous leader, The Grove is now dying, and she needs to find a new home for her people. Thankfully, her partner intercepts a signal from nearly 2000 years ago advertising a hotel. The people want to set out, knowing that any shelter is better than The Grove, and Ana goes ahead of them to clear the path and make sure their new home is safe. Along the way she encounters dangerous creatures drawn by the same signal, and of course, there’s more going on than there first appears to be.
While War Mother #1 is quite good, there isn’t much depth to it. The art is good, the story is good, the characters are good, the action is good, but none of it is anything more than just good. Not that it needs to be, it just means that this is a good, if shallow comic.
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