Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy!
This comic is DISGUSTING… I fucking loved it.
If you’re a fan of post-apocalypse America stories that keep the American spirit of savage capitalism alive and above (or below, in this case) a hellscape of cannibalism and all manner of depravity, you’ve come to the right place.
Post Americana features Carolyn, a loner badass with a mysterious past related to the Bubble and the President, from which our other featured character, Mike, just escaped. The Bubble is where all the one percenters hid out when the world ended, plotting to cull the surface world of its, admittedly, actually filthy and depraved denizens to make their vision of a new America. We later find out that there are those that live under the thumb of the President and the elites within the Bubble, as well as outside forces that would seek to thwart the atrocities those within the Bubble are planning. We, the readers, are left to wonder which of the powers-that-be hired and/or aligned with Carolyn to wipe out the scavengers in a gory and visceral massacre of her own.
No one makes it out of this first issue without blood on their hands, and that’s just the way I like it. This post-apocalyptic tale is grungy and often gross, and brings the darkest parts of humanity to the forefront when we are collectively faced with extinction. To survive in this harsh and brutal land, you’ve got to be harsh and brutal yourself, and the choice is never good or evil – there are only lesser evils in this desecrated land.
The visuals are a perfect compliment to this vile tale, with many shots of blood and viscera fit to upset the stomachs of all but the most hardy of wasteland cannibals. The frankly hideous individuals within the band of scavengers we get to know in the middle of the comic are expertly drawn with distorted features and plenty of disease-ridden and rashy spots that make my skin crawl in just the right way. And that final shot of the cannibals, complete with skin-stitched garments of their victims, gave me great pause to relish every horrific detail.
Not for the faint of heart, but definitely a good read if you’re willing to get your hands dirty. Post Americana is a solid comic, and I’ll be excited to dig into the next issue.
The first issue (of the six part mini-series) is due out on December 19th.
Jeffrey Venture is a noob gamer, an okay writer, comic book enthusiast, social media fiend, and creator of the D&Dify It series on YouTube. You can connect with him on Twitter where he mostly posts memes for D&D and all things internet culture.