Thanks to Fanbase Press for the review copy!
Issue 1 of NUCLEAR POWER set up an alternative history in which things didn’t go so well during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I found this to be a fascinating jumping off point, as most alternate history books branch out from World War II. While the first issue set up the universe, the second starts to fill in the people who live in it. In addition to Claudia, the doctor who failed the pregnancy ‘test’ we meet the people who live outside the city. The impact of the nuclear fallout caused by the crisis seems to have impacted them significantly.
While I liked the nuclear x-men (I’m not sure yet what to call them but they have cool, original powers), Claudia’s character is still the most engaging. Throughout the ordeal she goes through in this issue, she keeps everyone (and the reader) on their toes. It’s fun to learn about what is really going on along with her. It is also interesting to see some of the machinations of the government. The first issue really provided an interesting take on how a change in history would impact the world, and I’m hoping the series brings some more of that in as the series progresses.
The art continues to be a strong point. The color scheme is the most striking aspect. The red palette continues to be used in the city, which effectively conveys the society there. It gives off a Russian propaganda poster vibe that suits the story. Outside the city, a different color is chosen. Once again, it is an inspired choice, as it matches what seemingly is going on out there. The color palette almost feels like its own character. Coloring aside, the pages also clearly and effectively convey some cool powers. Little details like smoke effects and lighting really enhance the pages.
NUCLEAR POWER continues to build on its interesting premise. If you like dystopian futures and super powers, this is a book you should check out. I do recommend starting with issue 1, as that lays the foundation for the series. While there isn’t graphic violence, there is some cursing, so parents may want to read it before giving it to their children.
Check back soon for my thoughts on the 3rd issue of the series.
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