Two millennia from today, Earth is not the hospitable home we once we knew. Ravaged by an endless onslaught of war, disaster, and time, the world is littered with desolate badlands, fortified kingdoms, and secretive enclaves where humanity still clings to life… Enclaves like The Grove – Earth’s last known repository of scientific knowledge and bioengineered prosperity. Now, under the leadership of the lone protector called WAR MOTHER and her sentient sniper rifle, the denizens of The Grove face a critical choice: remain where they are and die, or find a new land and flourish. Can War Mother lead her people out of isolation and reignite the fires of a dying planet? And even if she can locate the distant citadel she seeks, can she fight back the horrors and perverse monstrosities that lurk just beyond her doorstep?
Spinning out of last year’s 4001 A.D. miniseries (and additional one shots) comes Valiant Entertainment‘s latest four issue miniseries (although if a recent tweet from Valiant CEO Dinesh Shamdasani is true, then Secret Weapons will be going beyond four issues) written by Fred Van Lente with art by Stephen Segovia and colourist Elmer Santos with Andrew Dalhouse. If you’ve read 4001 A.D.: War Mother #1 then you’ll be on familiar ground with where this issue kicks off, but if you haven’t then don’t worry; Van Lente’s script is such that you’ll be more than capable of enjoying the comic regardless.
The plot finds Ana, the War Mother, in control of a settlement struggling to cope with dwindling resources, and in an effort to make things better she heads off into the wastelands following a mysterious signal which leads to perhaps one of the more interesting moments in the comic as Ana is confronted with the human consequence of her so-called heroic actions. That’s not everything within the issue, obviously, but what is left balances between some brilliant action and a strangely formulaic turn that I wouldn’t have expected from Van Lente. Segovia’s art makes up for the stumble in the story, however as he brings a world far beyond the apocalypse to life – warts and all.
Ultimately, while I enjoyed War Mother #1 it still felt a little just okay as the fairly predictable plot didn’t sing to me; this certainly isn’t Van Lente’s finest work, but it’s not his worst, either. War Mother #1 is worth reading, and I expect the next issue will be better than the first.
Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Stephen Segovia
Colours Elmer Santos with Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.