Review: Afterburn: Crossfire #1

Afterburn: Crossfire #1

By the time I found about James Dashner I was leaning more towards reading something in a different genre. I was burnt out on dystopian novels. It was a good thing an old friend from the Navy had read his work. I trusted her tastes as we bonded over EL Doctorow and her obsessions usually aligned with mine. It was a good thing I followed her recommendation. Although the books are written for a younger audience, they’re definitely page-turners.

The Maze Runner series is more compelling on the page than its movie adaptations. Though, the movies had a few good moments. The Scorch Trials remain my favorite. The very idea that you must survive in the worst conditions while someone is chasing you made it a very enjoyable book. In the first issue of Afterburn: Crossfire we meet a team of operators who must chase down relics before an old foe gets their hands on them.

We are taken to a world where a massive solar flare has hit the Earth, leaving millions of people, dead or mutated, which is where a wealthy benefactor hires an operator, Jake, and his team to recover these significant relics. As we find the team in the Tower of London with the Crown Jewels where are they being chased by mutated guards and right in the way of a former ally and old foe, Hidinger, who due to a distraction, gets away with the loot. One year later, we find Jake and his team in New York City, to meet a new client this one being the Catholic Church, as most of the church’s world leadership had been wiped out with the solar flare. As the current hierarchal authority, Bishop Kaine, is wrestling for control, as the bishop who has the most relics rules the church, as he has hired both Jake’s team as well as Hidinger’s team, to find some of the most important holy relics like the Crown Of Thorns and The Nail of the Crucifixion, all located in the Burn Zone . As they find themselves in the Danube River in Vienna, Austria, they soon find the locals are not welcoming, as they soon under fire by the local militia, hired by a rival Bishop. As Jake’s team enters Hofburg Palace, they find the local mutants and Hidinger’s team, are both looking to get Jesus’s spear. By issue’s end, Jake’s tea is outnumbered and outgunned, leaving our protagonists in seemingly dire straits.

Overall, an action-packed debut issue which elevates the action-adventure genre, one where most readers find many Indiana Jones imitators, this creative seeks to an accomplishes tremendously something unique and exciting. The story by Scott Chitwood is smart, intense, and exciting. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a story that hits you like a hurricane, one that should have you coming back for more.

Story: Scott Chitwood Art: Rob Thornton
Color: Sean Lee Letters: Troy Peteri
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy