First Look! The Life After

Posted: April 30, 2014 by Kristilyn Waite in Comicology - Comic Books, Independent Comics
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Photo Credit Oni Press


Harvey Award winning writer Joshua Hale Fialkov is well known for penning hair-raising horror titles including Echoes, I, Vampire, and Elk’s Run. The opening sequence of his upcoming Oni Press series, The Life After, may be his scariest scenario yet. In its plausibility…

In Issue #1, subtitled Early Termination, our narrator/main character, is living, well, existing, really, within a dystopian mechanism in which every minor happening is monitored, managed, and regimented, a la Orwell’s 1984. Aside from the appropriate discontent and drudgery, everything is fine. Until a girl stirs his instinct and our protagonist, consequently, stirs the pot. This seemingly minor disruption of protocol results in some kind of space/time fissure, and he suddenly finds himself trapped in a Dickensian purgatory having visions of some kind of robot battle on what appears to be another planet.

Yup. It will be a trip. Of the best kind.  Think Bill and Ted with some Hemingway, for good measure.

Artist Gabo’s masterful coloring and simultaneous spontaneity and accuracy of line, makes for a style well suited to this story’s setting, which traverses dimensions real and surreal.

What Early Termination portends is a tale of epic scope, a meditation on the human condition and the enduring quality that unifies us a species – the potential, the will, the heroic. Look for it this July 14th when it hits the stands at your local comics shop!

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