Monday, July 17, 2006
Antony Johnston and Christopher Mitten's new post-apocalyptic series Wasteland debuted this past week from Oni Press. The events of the story take place one hundred years after "The Big Wet" where the world has kind of devolved into an old west, where trading isn't uncommon and the word "sand" seems to permeate all of the slang. Several individuals of the time have developed strange gifts, such as telekinesis or the ability to heal wounds very quickly, and the land is stalked by savage sharp-toothed Sandeaters, a sort of wild humanoid creature. Much of the double-sized first issue is set-up. Readers are introduced to the world at large and a small group of characters, including Michael, an enigmatic scavenger on his way to the city of Newbegin, and Abi, the sheriff of a small town who takes a liking to the gruff stranger who appears in town. All-in-all, there was nothing particularly interesting about this book. The characters fit quite snuggly into roles we've all seen before without any real meat to the story to make me salivate for more. Fans of westerns and post-apocalyptic numbers will probably like this one, but I wouldn't go out of my way to track down a copy.