Publisher: Terminus Media
Created by writer /artist B Robert Bell, with a co-writer tag for Robert Jeffrey II, the book is well rounded. Story wise, the book reads very well. In this type of book, there is a definite right and a definite wrong side. Yet Bell and Jeffrey manage to create a world where you see the characters in real ways, the President playing with his kids for example, which presents the idea that the Russians don’t see themselves as the “bad guys” of the piece. This well rounded approach is also felt within the group of rebels; each having their own reasons for being there, their faith in Moses bringing this disparate group together. This group element reminds me of The Walking Dead in places as does the idea of what people will do to survive.
Bell’s art is solid throughout the book, with each character having their own space to move. With a duo on writing, I would be interested in how having Jeffrey on board impacted the art choices in taken in the book. The art in the book is consistent throughout, with a cartoony style that doesn’t detract from the serious edge of the story. The inks by Don Hillsman II and colors by Lexington Wolfcraft are strong enough to consolidate the war torn element prevalent throughout.
The book is a strong read. I am impressed with the neutrality of the sides in play, it would be easy for the book to become preachy, a pitfall which Bell and Jeffrey skillfully avoid. However, as a fan of Counting Crows and Springsteen, I have to ask, why did the code to save the world have to be in Hip Hop?