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