Tomorrow #1 Review: Going Viral
Tomorrow #1 Review
Tomorrow #1 hits shops and digital on February 26th.
Tomorrow #1: Going Viral
The best Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic stories allow room for hope. I’m less of a fan of the entire planet being destroyed and more interested in seeing a radical shift to the hierarchy of its remaining species. Frankly, the popularity of survival stories, as well as the uptick in real-life preppers, and survivalists shows most people agree. I mean, why else do you think Elon Musk built the Cyber Truck?
In all seriousness, the key to a successful Post-Apocalyptic story is in its ability to establish a new version of earth with a unique set of rules for survival in the wake of the aftermath. Throw in some awesome wreckage to provide a new version of familiar landscapes and make sure the cause of it all is both relevant and threatening. So, without further ado, let us introduce a story that does that and so much more.
Tomorrow #1 by Peter Miligan and Jesus Hervas is a 5 issue Sci-Fi Horror miniseries about a computer virus that wipes out most of the adult population, leaving the fate of the world in the hands of the next generation. It’s a pandemic/technology apocalypse (similar to Memetic, without memes and aliens) story with a unique twist in specifically WHO is targeted and spared (at least from the virus).
In what seems to be setting up an almost Lord of the Flies scenario, it is mostly the younger ones who are spared from the disease and left to survive on the planet. Front and center we have Oscar Fuentes, a classical musician prodigy with a neuro-typical disorder who is separated from his twin sister, Cira, prior to the outbreak. These two characters and their journey to reunite with one another seems to be at the forefront of the story, but they’re not the only key players.
The characters themselves are unique and clear, both in the writing as well as their appearances. Outside of Oscar’s journey, we have the Canterbury Mass Soccer Team and Ford Felding arcs, as well as interesting arc developing between Trevon, Treacy, and a Russian player I’ll avoid spoiling.
Visually, the artwork, colors, and overall layout is phenomenal. Each page is a beautiful work of art where the mood and tones are wonderfully translated. Synergy between the writing and art is harmonious. I particularly loved the splash pages with sometimes up to 4 additional panels, cleverly arranged to frame part of the splash image itself as another panel while leaving other areas to serve as a background in between the sequential art.
Although it seems geared more towards a mature audience, with its themes, I found the strong language minimal and the violence neither over the top or “gory.” The dialogue was never exhaustively long and I found the writers narration skillful and intelligent. Those involved understand “show not tell” and the structure of this first issue was masterfully crafted from opening to close. For fans of Post Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Horror, give this a chance. I’m extremely curious to see where it is going as I have a feeling gangs/tribes will emerge as well as some interesting new terms of survival on top of alternative threats (outside of the virus).
Tomorrow #1 Review