Review: John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack #2

John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack #2

One of the few movies that I believe is completely underrated, but is definitely one of those rare unsung gems is Idiocracy. Creator Mike Judge created a dystopian movie that’s rooted in reality. The story revolves around a soldier who volunteers for a hibernation program and awakens to a world where stupidity is commonplace and greed rules everything. Many viewers saw it as pure fantasy. Many others, like me, saw the movie as a mirror to our reality.

The movie always made me wonder how many different ways our future can lead. What is considered a threat today may be considered nonsense tomorrow. Just like when the country was wary of the Cold War and the Arms Race. The movie made me wonder what it’d be like if he woke up to something grimmer and colder. In the second of John Carpenter’s Tales Of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack, we find our protagonists trapped and in an unforgiving situation that they soon will regret.

Int he second issu, the five friends stand in the same room where the corpses of the Kutter family sits, they wonder first, will they get out alive and second what happened to them? Donnie, the most curious of the five friends, finds out that through a flyer on one of the bodies. It’s a clue which leads him to why they were there in the first place. Meanwhile, the rest of Jimmy’s friends look for medical supplies and rations. He starts to have visions of what seems to be the Kutter children as they play. His friends initially believe that he is in shock. The issue features the first fatality and a reveal as to what exactly is going on, both upping the tension of the series.

Overall, an engrossing chapter to this already captivating tale. The story by Joe Harris is layered, well developed, and knows how to make the reader jump at the most uneasy points. The art by Cat Staggs is more than a compliment to Harris’s story. It truly is a canvas of fine art. Altogether, a story you won’t be able to put down. It’ll put you on the edge of your seat wanting to know if our protagonists can survive.

Story: Joe Harris Art: Cat Staggs
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy