Every so often you get the opportunity to check out a comic having managed to avoid any word on what it's going to be about. Having recently read Ed Brisson's COMEBACK, I immediately knew I'd have to see what he was doing next. It was my enjoyment of that series that made me want to avoid hearing what this would be about.
What we have is a community being set up in preparation for the worst. This is likely something that does exist in pockets around the country. There are those that feel the government cannot be trusted or depended on. If the worst happens, they want to make sure they and their families are prepared and protected.
This isn't something we see too often. Usually the 'survival' stories focus on after some big event has occurred. Throughout this issue, you'll be reading and wondering what is going to happen next. And when it does happen, you better be prepared. Stuff goes down and it's not what you'd expect.
The art by Johnnie Christmas is perfect for this series. You immediately get a sense of the environment and the people here. It's great seeing the characters each have a distinct look and feel to them. The lighting in different scenes and perspective used really adds to the flavor of the book.
No complaints. I love that this story feels like it came out of nowhere to bite you in the ass.
It's rare when a new comic book series can surprise you. Too often the entire premise is spelled out completely before you get a chance to open the first issue. SHELTERED starts off with a different take on the survival stories we've seen many times. If that wasn't enough, Ed Brisson completely pulls the rug out from underneath your feet. Getting something new and different is such a treat. There's literally no telling where this series is going to go after this issue but I cannot wait to find out.