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Review: The Driven Blood

In today’s media landscape it seems as though the last few years there has been an obsession with dystopian fiction. The world quickly became obsessed with the Catching Fire trilogy through the books and the movies starring Jennifer Lawrence. Never mind, the current crop of movies and television shows obsessed with zombie phenomena. There are currently three television shows portraying the world in post zombie reality.

What has changed in recent years versus when most of this fiction, came out, is the focus on persons of color. The new wave of dystopian entertainment has included characters who are clearly POC. One of the most imaginative books to have come out in the last few years, Dread Nation, talks of a post-apocalyptic world where the dead walk the earth and has a female POC protagonist. As more fiction goes the direction of normalization, it only makes sense more POC creators are stepping into the spotlight. In Adam Bailey and Cecilia Latella’s debut installment of Driven Blood, we meet a Native American scout in a post-apocalyptic world.

We find some tribal warriors scouts out the desert as herd of what only looks like an undead hoard of walkers. One tribe member decides to bring his son along for his first hunt, as the boy struggles to learn, he learns many lessons along the way and becomes even more adept in his tribe’s practices and beliefs.

Overall, the graphic novel is a powerful story that puts Native American characters as the heroes of this magnetic story. The story by Bailey is action packed, well told, and proves some of the best stories are without words. The art by Latella is beautiful. Altogether, an excellent story that will keep readers checking for these two creators in the future.

Story: Adam Bailey Art: Cecilia Latella
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Native Lands #3

Native Lands #3

Written by: James Cavanagh
Pencils by: Cecilia Latella
Inks by: Cecilia Latella
Colored by: Michael Woods
Lettered by: Wes Locher

Everybody Has Secrets

Emma and Aaron find themselves in danger after their shocking discovery. Jackobie confesses to his crimes and Bastian learns the truth behind his missing memories in the penultimate issue of Volume 1.

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Review: Native Lands #1

NativeLands_Cover_v5-350x538Battlestar Galactica’s reboot was a godsend for most science fiction fans, especially fans of the original show. As it was show about a world, where life has ended on earth and the most resilient of humankind was left to rebuild what was to be a new “Earth”. This a major theme in dystopian science fiction, as humans have been slowly eradicating the earth for centuries, and now science is catching up with science fiction, and this soon may be a reality. As the History Channel show, Earth without Humans  indicates and details, the earth will go on, with or without us.

The new comic, Native Lands, by James Cavanaugh and Cecilia Latella, is a story very much in the vein of Kass Morgan’s trilogy, The 100. The unique twist that Cavanaugh and Latella, gives to the genre, is that the inhabitants on the spacecraft have gained unique abilities. Abilities that have made this group of people to be called “The Gifted”. People with exceptional abilities or “powers” on a spaceship being forced to rebuild their lives on a strange new world, is nothing but high stakes drama.

In the opening scene of the comic, a member of the crew is being forced to recall, the disaster which has brought them up to this point, a nuclear disaster that wipes out New London. The premise is much like Snowpiercer, where “The Gifted” are considered patients, and don’t necessarily have the same freedom as the rest of the crew, much like the back of the train in the movie. The staff, acts a lot like, has more freedoms and possesses certain attitudes about “The Gifted”, is very much like the front of the train in the movie. We are introduced to Emma and Bastian, both”Gifted” and both very interesting characters, whose abilities are tested by the staff within a few pages.

We get a few flashbacks to the disaster of New London, and introduced to a slew of new characters, types you might find on any flight and some you never imagined you would. Cavanagh’s storytelling is at top form within this story, as the premise and character development is well planned, and one can tell, it is a big overreaching arc, that only if you follow, you will eventually be let in. Latella’s illustrations, feel so intimate in not only setting and but also in character.

Overall, if you like super powered beings and space operas, or if you can imagine a story where the X-men are in space, then this is the story for you, as for me, it is the book I never knew I wanted until I read it.

Story: James Cavanagh Art: Cecilia Latella
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: BUY NOW

James Cavangh provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Native Lands #1

NativeLands_Cover_v5-350x538Battlestar Galactica’s reboot was a godsend for most science fiction fans, especially fans of the original show. As it was show about a world, where life has ended on earth and the most resilient of humankind was left to rebuild what was to be a new “Earth”. This a major theme in dystopian science fiction, as humans have been slowly eradicating the earth for centuries, and now science is catching up with science fiction, and this soon may be a reality. As the History Channel show, Earth without Humans  indicates and details, the earth will go on, with or without us.

The new comic, Native Lands, by James Cavanaugh and Cecilia Latella, is a story very much in the vein of Kass Morgan’s trilogy, The 100. The unique twist that Cavanaugh and Latella, gives to the genre, is that the inhabitants on the spacecraft have gained unique abilities. Abilities that have made this group of people to be called “The Gifted”. People with exceptional abilities or “powers” on a spaceship being forced to rebuild their lives on a strange new world, is nothing but high stakes drama.

In the opening scene of the comic, a member of the crew is being forced to recall, the disaster which has brought them up to this point, a nuclear disaster that wipes out New London. The premise is much like Snowpiercer, where “The Gifted” are considered patients, and don’t necessarily have the same freedom as the rest of the crew, much like the back of the train in the movie. The staff, acts a lot like, has more freedoms and possesses certain attitudes about “The Gifted”, is very much like the front of the train in the movie. We are introduced to Emma and Bastian, both”Gifted” and both very interesting characters, whose abilities are tested by the staff within a few pages.

We get a few flashbacks to the disaster of New London, and introduced to a slew of new characters, types you might find on any flight and some you never imagined you would. Cavanagh’s storytelling is at top form within this story, as the premise and character development is well planned, and one can tell, it is a big overreaching arc, that only if you follow, you will eventually be let in. Latella’s illustrations, feel so intimate in not only setting and but also in character.

Overall, if you like super powered beings and space operas, or if you can imagine a story where the X-men are in space, then this is the story for you, as for me, it is the book I never knew I wanted until I read it.

Story: James Cavanagh Art: Cecilia Latella
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: BUY NOW

James Cavangh provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review