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The Bunker #1 - Time Capsule Review

5

A message from the future instructs a group of people to let billions of people to die in an apocalypse.

The Good

A group of friends decide to bury a time capsule in Angeles National Forrest, but find a bunker located in their digging spot. Inside the bunker they find notes written to all but one of them with instructions on their part in an upcoming apocalypse and why it needs to happen.

The idea of future-selves sending messages to the past is a fantastic concept. Better yet, I love the idea that these people have to let the end of the world happen. There's been a lot of comics about the end of the world, but most take place after the world has ended. I like this take on this story. Writer Josh Fialkov gives us a different spin on the end of the world genre and heavily mixes in science fiction elements.

The first issue gives the reader a fine story as well as a lot of mystery. It opens up a ton of questions for the reader to chew on. We know that these people are partly responsible, but how are they involved? Fialkov gives the reader just enough to think about to keep them roped in for future issues. How did this bunker get sent back in time? That's my biggest question about this issue and series. There's a few more moments, towards the end of the issue, which we get a bit deeper into what needs to happen with these characters and the future of the world. I won't spoil it, but this book contains layers upon layers of super-cool story.

The art here is incredibly solid. Joe Infurnari did the art on this book and one thing I really liked about the issue was the difference between current times and the future. During current times, the shading is grey, with what seems like a mild blue tint, and during future scenes, the shading is grey again with a mild brownish tint. I love this little change in the book. It beats having to put a caption up in the corner every time you switch over, and this book does jump back and forth a lot. As these characters read their notes, we catch glimpses from the future, and this shading technique really works at keeping the reader in the moment. Aside from that, I really enjoyed Joe's are throughout the issue. He has a very cool style, and one that really fits the story and Fialkov's writing.

The Bad

I was a bit bummed there was no colors, mainly because of the opening credit pages. We get to see these washed over colors, much like in a Ben Templesmith book, so I was looking forward to that. The book is in B&W, so I was the tiniest bit sad until I got over myself.

The Verdict

Today, you're probably pretty bored and just staring at your computer, like you do on a Monday. You probably should head over to Comixology and pick this issue up for $1.99. This is a really fun start to a very intriguing series. I like that there's a lot laid out for the reader, but there's a ton of unanswered questions to keep you on board. Plus, it's an apocalyptic story. Who doesn't want to see the world end in some horrible way, in comic book format? The art has its own great style, and I loved the different types of shading during the future and contemporary scenes. Fialkov and Infurnari have something awesome going here, so jump on now. Overall, I highly recommend this issue.

14 Comments
Edited by CaptainHoopla

I've never even heard of this. Will it ever see print or digital only? The concept certainly intrigues me.

I'm not sure I can get over myself on it being b&w. Every time I read an issue of The Walking Dead I still think to myself how much more I'd love it if it was colored.

Edited by TheWolverine04

The Bunker sounds awesome!

Posted by inferiorego

I've never even heard of this. Will it ever see print or digital only? The concept certainly intrigues me.

I'm not sure I can get over myself on it being b&w. Every time I read an issue of The Walking Dead I still think to myself how much more I'd love it if it was colored.

digital. It's on comixology and thebunkercomic.com

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

interesting, colour me intrigued

Posted by jwalser3

I will read

Posted by ptigrusmagus

Sounds really good, surprisingly haven't heard of it til now.

Edited by DonFelipe

The bunker is awesome! Do not miss it!

Here's a preview of the first four pages.

Yes, it looks like LOST but they really don't find Desmond inside but personal letters from 14 AME - 14 years After Mass Extinction. The story really gets going on the very next page by the way.

@captainhoopla said:

I'm not sure I can get over myself on it being b&w. Every time I read an issue of The Walking Dead I still think to myself how much more I'd love it if it was colored.

IMAGE will release the TWD #1 in full color to celebrate TWD's 10th anniversary in October. There will be a few other specials as well. I think the ongoing series will be published bi-weekly from October until the end of the year -- issue 115 to 125 or so.

Posted by RideASpaceCowboy

Damn it! I got so hyped up reading "the Good" that I fired up Comixology on my iPhone and bought this right away. It was only after the purchase that I scrolled down and saw the preview pages were all in bland and white (which I refuse to buy normally; don't sell me a half finished comic!) and read "the Bad" in the review. Now I'm kicking myself. This week is already expensive enough having paid rent the other day, buying a Vita and Dragon's Crown tomorrow, and a date in Manhattan on Thursday.

Posted by longbowhunter

I don't read a lot of stuff digitally. Most due to the fact I hate reading on my PC and reading on my iPhone isn't ideal. I'm getting a Kindle next month, so all that will change soon. I'm a HUGE fan of Fialkov's independent work. Both Tumor and Echoes were b/w and only added to the feel of the story. I'm super excited to read this, but it'll have to wait till next month.

Posted by mattwing87

I'll check this out when the trade is out!

Posted by DarklyDreamingDeadpool

sounds very interesting, is there a print issue too, or just digital?

Edited by danaandra

Waiting for the trade on this one is a huge mistake. I just bought and read the first installment and it's instantly become my favorite new comic. Just a solid, brilliant start to what promises to be even more solid and brilliant. As for buying it on Comixology -- buy it directly from the creators themselves at www.thebunkercomic.com instead. They won't have to split the money with Comixology, and you get a file you can keep.

Posted by HuiZe

Going to check this out.