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Review: Low Road West #1

In the aftermath of a nuclear first strike that has left the East Coast uninhabitable, five teenagers are being sent west, away from the wreckage that was once their home. Halfway through the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, the shuttle that promised safety has broken down, stranding them in the middle of nowhere with only one another to count on.

When you read the above description, you think a traditional survival story with an apocalyptic wasteland full of dangers and mutants and stuff like that. Going in to Low Road West #1, that’s exactly what I expected. Then there’s a twist and things get… strange.

What starts off as a story about a post-nuclear attack world turns into something more magical with a fantasy element to it that is beyond intriguing and engaging. Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson as expected knocks it out of the park and delivers a comic that feels like it’s blending genres. After this first issue, it’s completely unknown as to where things are going.

Johnson makes sure to focus on the characters as he builds this world around them. We get a quick sense as to who they are and what will and won’t work as far as their personalities. There’s some great additions for details that really add depth to each character. The use of a video game system or how something’s said through lettering by Jim Campell.

Those sorts of details are helped through the art by Flaviano. The series goes from a dusty post nuclear wasteland into something else. That something else is full of small detail that it begs you to linger on the page to get an even better idea as to what’s going on. That transition is helped through the colors of Miquel Muerto who has us going from the yellow/brown dust filled land to a magical house full of hues of blue.

I expected one thing and this debut is something else by books end which has me only more excited to see where it’s all going from here.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art: Flaviano
Main Cover: Flaviano Intermix Cover: David Lafuente
Color: Miquel Muerto Letterer: Jim Campell
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Archie 1941 #1 (Archie Comics) – Archie hasn’t been one to dive into real world issues but this new series takes on the Riverdale kids as the US ramps up for World War II. A great concept that should be something new and interesting.

Cemetery Beach #1 (Image Comics) – Warren Ellis and Jason Howard team up again and the creative team alone has us interested in this series about a professional pathfinder.

Crowded #2 (Image Comics) – The series about a world driven by apps and jobs driven by them, including one that allows you to buy assassinations, is great so far. That ending of the first issue had us even more excited for what’s next.

Fantastic Four #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was amazing and a fantastic return for Marvel’s first family. We want to know more about where everyone’s been over these years.

House of Whispers #1 (Vertigo/DC Comics) – The Sandman universe is back and we’re intrigued to check out this second series to spin out of it.

Iceman #1 (Marvel) – The first volume was great and writer Sina Grace will hopefully recapture the magic of it.

Infinity Wars #3 (Marvel) – Folks don’t seem to like events but they keep buying them. This event has beaten our expectations and so much better than any of the lead up.

Journey Into Mystery: Birth of Krakoa #1 (Marvel) – We’re hoping for a throwback to the weird sci-fi comics of the past.

Low Road West #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A nuclear strike has left the East Coast uninhabitable and five teens are sent west away from the wreckage that was their home. They’re stuff in the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and are fighting to survive. The concept sounds fantastic and we’re completely sold on it.

Marvel Rising Omega #1 (Marvel) – DC’s Superhero Girls has been a fantastic line and we’ll see if Marvel can pull off that magic with their own characters.

Mech Cadet Yu #12 (BOOM! Studios) – The series wraps up and has been amazing every step of the way. We want more!

MCMLXXV #1 (Image Comics) – Meet Pamela Evans. Much more than a typical Manhattan cab driver, she also happens to be a badass monster-fighter who wields an enchanted tire iron. Well ok then!

Moth & Whisper #1 (Vault Comics) – The city’s best theives has disappeared and been replaced by their daughter?! The concept sounds very interesting and definitely unique!

Mystery Science Theater 3000 #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – The classic television comes to comics. Will it translate? We’ll find out!

The Nameless City Vol. 3 Divided Earth (First Second) – An excellent all-ages graphic novel series that mixes fantasy with martial arts.

Newbury & Hobbes #1 (Titan Comics) – The mystery novels come to comics.

Poser #1 (Waxwork Comics) – A horror slasher story with a music twist and it has an original soundtrack? Yeah, we’re sold on this one.

Ruinworld #3 (BOOM! Studios) – The first two issues of this all-ages fantasy series has been fantastic so we’re excited to read more of this webcomic turned physical comic.

Welcome to Wanderland #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new twist on fairytales and the coming of age story.

The Wrong Earth #1 (AHOY Comics) – The kick-off series to the new comic publisher, this sendup of superhero comics has us excited. AHOY has promised more to their comics and this is our first chance to see what that’s all about.

WWE NXT Takeover – Proving Ground #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Wresting fan? Then this is a must!

Preview: Low Road West #1 (of 5)

Low Road West #1 (of 5)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Flaviano
Cover Artist:
     Main Cover: Flaviano
     Intermix Cover: David Lafuente
Colorist: Miquel Muerto
Letterer: Jim Campell
Price: $3.99

Eisner Award-nominated writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson (The Power of the Dark Crystal, Aquaman) and artist Flaviano (America, Grayson) present a new limited series.

In the aftermath of a nuclear first strike that has left the East Coast uninhabitable, five teenagers are being sent west, away from the wreckage that was once their home.

Halfway through the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, the shuttle that promised safety has broken down, stranding them in the middle of nowhere with only one another to count on.

Their only hope seems to be a town just on the edge of the horizon, but the closer they get the stranger things become. If they want to survive, they will have to learn to trust one another—and with society crumbling around them, trust does not come easily.

BOOM! Studios Releases a First Look at Low Road West #1

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at Low Road West #1, kicking off a new five issue limited series from Eisner Award-nominated writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson, artist Flaviano and colorist Miquel Muerto about five teenage refugees trying to survive the exodus from the war-torn East Coast to the sanctuary of San Francisco.

When the young refugees are stranded in an irradiated Oklahoma wasteland, they take shelter in a ghost town that is much more than it seems. The strange, unnatural threats they face there will make them question what they think they know about death, about reality, and especially about family as they learn to rely on each other to survive.

Low Road West #1, features a main cover by Flaviano and variant cover by David Lafuente. The first issue comes to shelves September 12, 2018.

Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Flaviano Take Us on a Journey of Survival with Low Road West

BOOM! Studios has announced Low Road West #1, beginning a new five issue limited series from Eisner Award-nominated writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and artist Flaviano about five teenage refugees trying to survive the exodus from the war-torn East Coast to the sanctuary of San Francisco.

When the young refugees are stranded in an irradiated Oklahoma wasteland, they take shelter in a ghost town that is much more than it seems. The strange, unnatural threats they face there will make them question what they think they know about death, about reality, and especially about family as they learn to rely on each other to survive.

Low Road West #1 features a main cover by Flaviano and variant cover by David Lafuente.

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