Survival review #1: Vampires take on a militia in a great bloodbath

described as “Red Dawn Meets 30 days of the night“,” Survival It tells the story of some species of American pigs in the wilderness of Alaska who come face to face with monsters. They’re billed as elite members of the U.S. military, and they seem to have an agreement in the middle of nowhere to talk about state rights, the Second Amendment, and maybe even join a “private security company.” Before their meeting, however, reports of a Russian military base being captured and possibly deliberately destroyed by a nuclear reactor had made their way to the world. So when a crashed plane is discovered in the wilderness with an elite Russian agent inside with a hunger for human flesh and a penchant for killing, the level of preparedness on display certainly seems helpful.

Given the setting and characters Survival It’s almost impossible not to read this story as a strange power fantasy. “See? We told you that one day you will need weapons!” She seems to be the spirit in which most of the characters here operate, and is certainly ready to pull the trigger when the time comes. Also referenced throughout the comic is the Three Percenters, a sect of anti-government groups across the United States that have ties to the likes of The Oath Keepers and The Proud Boys. Our main characters are not explicitly shown to be part of this group but there is a clear brief airing about the type of people at the center of this story.

Series writer Sean Lewis seems to have an ace in his back pocket despite main character Emma Reid. Despite being raised by an ex-Green Berets father with an indefensible parenting style, her inner conflict with her own upbringing has already opened an interesting window into this world that is eclipsed by his interest in excessive violence. Will she be forced to reconsider her father’s choices in raising her when faced with this specific situation of survival? Will she reconcile what is happening around her with what she wants from life? Does all this lead us towards the story of its conclusion that the military readiness is In reality Really cool? who can say, Survival #1 It is all about the setting, which stops the storytelling.

Survival It was illustrated by artist Brendon Everett, who is also credited for colors along with Natalie Barahona. Everett’s work is at its best when given intense focus. Any painting in which a figure’s expression is paramount or a certain rhythm is the only frame of the picture ends up with a monumental look. He is able to cram an enormous amount of detail into these parts of the story, particularly the faces; And given the violent content at some moments, you’ll need some good expressions to sell it.

Larger palettes where more focus but leave something to be desired. The facial expressions go from the overall details to the dots for the eyes and the simple lines of the mouth. Any board with more than three people is also largely devoid of the same levels of detail, at least on the periphery. It’s a shame because there are moments when the art looks great, and others when it doesn’t even look like the same person. However, Barahona’s coloring adds an extra layer to some of the dynamic action sequences. The moments with lots of bloodshed and gunfire get the right style of vignetting. Shadows within the forest play a huge role in some of the key moments, and they stand out in just the right way thanks to this added layer in the photos.

From this turn it doesn’t really look like it Survival He does anything that hasn’t been done before, but there is certainly room for surprises, which is welcome. Despite introducing a plethora of unique characters, Sean Lewis clearly has his interest in what his main character’s journey through the narrative will be like, even with potential issue surrounding it. At least artist Bryndon Everett would be able to capture everything in grim detail given the chance.

posted by Dark Horse Comics

on May 3, 2023

written by Sean Lewis

art through Brendon Everett

Colors Natalie Barahona with Brendon Everett

messages by Ed Duckshire

cover by Tom Cocker

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