Post apocalyptic/collapse stories seem to be ever present in the media though, like zombies, pirates, and vampires, the number of such stories ebbs and flows with erratic indecision.  Unlike the latter three however, post apocalyptic stories hold a special place in my heart because of the way they boil humanity down to it’s basic social elements. Survival, pulling together as a community, and rebuilding technologies has always fascinated me. And this series seems to hit the nail on the head with all three of those. Fascination achieved.

The Story: Prosper Monday is a child born of this new world. Not having experienced the Earth take itself back from humanity, a life in the relative safety of a community in Central Park is all she knows. one of the planters in charge of maintaining and harvesting crops for the community, Prosper one day hopes to be a hunter instead.  The issue opens with Prosper and her friend Angus hunting among the ruins of New York, Prospers patience and impeccable aim eventually snagging them a zebra.

Hunterkind_panel_3In the community however, the counsel discusses what to do about their loss of communication with another group in Albany. Prosper Monday’s grandfather, the community’s doctor, decides to lead a small expedition to uncover what happened to the folks in Albany.  Prosper, against her grandfather’s wishes, sets out after the expedition with Angus only to discover that the world outside of their community is much more dangerous than it seems, and a surprise is waiting for them in Albany.

Hunterkind_panel_2The writing by Ian Edginton, the tight knit community and relationships between the characters are delivered in a very believable way.  The world being as dangerous as it is, the inclination for people to pull together to survive is an often told tale, but Edginton’s take on it from the children’s perspective is different enough to draw me in.  Not only is the story told from the perspective of younger characters, but the characters view of “this new world being the only world they know” eliminates all the “before the end” kinds of speeches that plague the majority of end of the world type stories.

The art is what initially drew me to this issue.  The cities lie crumbled without care, overgrown by ivy and trees; the cement infrastructure of the world that once was pushed aside by the foliage of the new one.  Artist Francesco Trifogli does true justice to the world shrugging off the husk of humanity. The remanence of humanity dot the landscape, vehicle scraps and remainder of office materials appear throughout Prosper Monday’s community, patched together in something resembling the world that once was.

Hunterkind_panel_1While the issues’ introduction of fantasy/myth threw me for a loop at in the last couple pages, the world that Edginton and Trifogli have created is a compelling one. Something far removed from the futuristic sci fi stuff I’ve been reading recently, Hinterkind plants itself somewhere between The Last of Us and Constantine. And while that seems like a strange place to be at first, the characters and world that they’ve created has me intrigued to see where they take the series.

Hinterkind #1 can be purchased at your Local Comic Shop, or at Comixology.

Overall Score
87 %

About The Author

Long time fan of comic books, video games, and movies. Zander is often no where to be found because he's marathoning movies and tv shows or playing video games till all hours of the night as most disillusioned twenty-somethings are wont to do. Polar opposites are the game: action/comedies and dramas, FPS games and turn-based strategy, science fiction and historical fiction. Why pick one thing when there are so many good things?

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