Five friends set out to bury a time capsule, and discover a hidden bunker. With letters written to them. From themselves, and future dates. The bunker was built by this group – in the future – after a pandemic wipes out most of mankind, and this group of friends is directly tied into that event. Can they fix their mistakes before they even make them, when they have their own issues to deal with in the present?
I had heard great buzz surrounding the first double-sized issue, which was a freebie on a few sites around the web, so I was excited to read this book. I still love a good cataclysm tale, even if the post-apocalyptic genre gets a lot of play these days. The Bunker Vol. 1, collects the first four issues of The Bunker, as well as a complete covers gallery.
The story switches between past, present, and future, often at a breakneck pace. It can get confusing, and sometimes this became frustrating – especially when the story turned to the future, because I was trying to figure out what point in the story I was at on several occasions.
The art was also hard to work with at times. It’s dark, often muddy, and while I get that this was to add to the ambience of the tale – the bunker, the dark future – it could be a commitment to stick with it at times.
I’m not sure how I felt about the characters, only because everything – establishment, motivation, action – moved so quickly, it lost me on occasion. The Bunker is a good book, but it’s one of those books that I need to sit down with one more time, and figure out what I want from the book and whether or not it gave it to me after a second read. It’s an interesting story, but the execution left me a little wanting. I’m still going to recommend it, because I feel like there’s a good story in there for anyone who will work with the book. Three out of five bunker busters for this one.
THE BUNKER, VOL. 1
Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artist: Joe Infurnari
Publisher: Oni Press
On-Sale: August 8, 2014