We may not have time to review every book on our pull-lists but we do aim to provide a snapshot of what's been released over the past week, encompassing the good, the bad, and those that lie somewhere in between.
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Art: Hayden Sherman
Jo S: Future warriors being awoken from some kind of suspended animation and having to take up arms in an unfamiliar world seems to be a bit of a theme currently - The Forever War returns soon, Altered Carbon on Netflix has connected themes and even Captain America's story this week featured Ice-Cap - so I was hoping that this Aftershock offering might have something a bit different to say, having been drawn to it by the promise of Sherman’s art, which had such impact on me in The Few last year. Sadly, his talent is underused in this and there wasn’t anything new in the story to really grab me. The spareness utilised so effectively in The Few was missing here, and the visuals felt a little cramped as a result, although I can see how an air of claustrophobia might be part of the desired effect. There were some interesting ideas on brutally inventive future weaponry and a candle flame of curiosity lit regarding the different motivations of Rook, the lead character, and his fellow draftees, but disappointingly little to come back for otherwise. 5/10