ADVANCE REVIEW: SURVIVING MEGALOPOLIS #1

Gail Simone (W), J. Calafiore (A), J. Calafiore (Cover)
On sale January 13 from Dark Horse Comics

The sequel to the popular Leaving Megalopolis hits the racks this month,  picking up a month after the original series ended.

Megalopolis was the safest city on the planet.  Then, thanks to a mysterious gas that turned all the heroes into villains,it degenerated into one of the most dangerous.  As with a lot of “end of the world” stories, the book worked well in the past due to the focus on the  regular people with the villains fading into the background, used as a means to create circumstances that challenges real people to step up as heroes.  This issues starts with the dredging of the river for Overlord for Southern Belle’s own nefarious needs.

Gail Simone has a talent for writing characters in a very realistic way.  This may not have been apparent in the recent Swords of Sorrow event, but given Megalopolis is her world, it’s a safe bet that she brings her “A” game.  The dialogue between the super gang is fun and clearly establishes the hierarchy for those new to the book.  And therein lies a minormega1 problem; the story is quite complicated which won’t bother returning fans, but with such high fan expectations, new readers, will be intrigued.

The book also sees Simone reunited with Jim Calafiore, who pencils the book with crisp clean lines that  is reminiscent of George Perez.  Take a look at the details of the Southern Belle’s hand for an example.  The art somehow changes during the book, when the non costumed cast start to make their appearance, facial elements seem more angular.  Either way, both styles look good. Calafiore provides his own inks, which regular readers of my reviews will know scores points with me.  Colors are provided by Jason Wright who produces an excellent job, giving this world texture.

This is my first visit to Megalopolis, and even though there is a reputation for the place being hard to leave, it is definitely not the fact, that the bridge is out that will keep me  within this cities limits.

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