For those not following the series; the book is a bit of a mash-up between The Matrix and Tron. Both films deal with a separate universe and like those, this book is filled with idioms and phrases that carry an alternative view, although sounding relevant in our own world.
The main thrust of the story features a computerised world, where an evil overlord is looking to release a virus. Up steps Cooper and a variety of characters that gamers may recognise, in an effort to stop the big bad.
Creator Andi Ewington is joined on writing duties by Matt Woodley and together they create a world that is pretty fun to spend some time in. With game influences abound, there is an element of caricature, which does also carry over into the art. The dialogue is snappy, showing a clever spin in using I.T terminology to create context within this world. I love the role that Macintosh plays, but that may just be me.
Former Flash Gordon artist Paul Green provides the art for the series, with lines and a cartoony style that is similar to J. Scott Campbell, especially with the frames and faces of the characters. This element also includes the over emphasised square jaw on Sarge and the very curvaceous women that star throughout the story. What may not be as similar is page layout. Panels are full of action and characters, overlaid and possessing a certain kinetic type of energy. With no colorist credited in the book, I am left to assume that Green pulls double duty to fantastic effect.
Despite the influences, from the various sources, this book is definitely greater than a sum of its parts. If you are looking for a fun book, that features instantly recognisable characters, then give this a try.
If you interested in looking into this great title further, go to www.weareoverrun.com & It’ll also be available on iBooks, Kindle, Madefire (End of Jan) and Comixology (Mid 2016).