Created/Written/Art/Lettered by Nick Melanshek
This is the third installment of the Melanshek created comic that I have reviewed and I find it hard to stay on point with plot summaries that don’t spoil anything, but I will give it my best shot. This is set in a post apocalyptic world where there are two factions vying for control of what is left of the decimated human population. The West is the established dominance and the White Cells are the underdogs fighting for the liberation of what is left of humanity. Issue three is centered around a team of skilled soldiers called the Inoculation Unit; Axis, Crow, and Link. As issue three unfolds it centers around a group of survivors that need help defending themselves from a group of people suffering from “the madness,” the affliction that lead to the apocalyptic scenario in the first place. Issue one and two mostly focused on the White Cell and the West as the nature of their relationship unfolds, but issue three focuses more on the world that was left behind. Having the two different aspects and watching everything unfold is keeping me intently holding on and luckily for me the wait between issues two and three wasn’t much of a wait at all.
The art that Melanshek does is so different that I can’t really compare it to anything I’ve ever seen. It’s mostly black with certain undertones of blue and orangey brown that help to stabilize and accentuate certain parts of the book that are needed for the undertone of the story. Being a single artist that does everything I can really see the love Melanshek puts into his art, he really takes time to make sure the art reflects the tone of the writing and that’s where the undertones really come in handy. Melanshek has a winner of a book and I hope he keeps cranking them out because I’m keeping this on my pull list until Melanshek decides it’s done. The world and writing are fantastic and gripping while the art is equally stunning, not sure I can ask much more in a comic.
All three issues are available in print at Freefall Comics website and the first two are already available on Comixology so I’m sure issue three will be following soon.