One of the things I love to do at conventions is to find a creator whose work I enjoy point to the table and ask “what should I buy”. They always look at you like you’re a little crazy (well they look at me that way all the time) and then smile and start selling you their favorite thing they’re working on. Friend (and favorite) of What’cha Reading Michael Montenat had a bunch of different things on his table at Asbury Comic Con this year. But when I asked him what I should pick up he didn’t hesitate, calling “The Fallen” his favorite project right now.
I loved Michael’s work in Spirit of the Law (Spirit of the Law! Horror and Revenge from Seifert, Montenat, and Monkerbrain Comics!) so I knew it was a fair bet that this would be great as well.
The Fallen brings us in at the end, the end of the era of superheroes. Eight years or so ago Manhattan got a little sick of the constant superhero conflicts causing untold damage. So they hired a scientist who created a dome like force field. It negated any superpowers within. Worked like a charm until the pulse. When the pulse hit the dome it turned everyone inside it into “insane murderous cannibals”.
Well the over 1.6 million “insane murderous cannibals” that poured out of NYC have been spreading across the country, wreaking havoc. The country could probably use some superheroes right about now, but after the dome, and the pulse, well supers aren’t welcome here anymore. So they probably all left right. Right?
Issue one follows Ray, Sam, and Liz who are covering the country by horseback looking for any survivors. What will they find out in the wilds of America? And will they be able to protect the secret they carry with them?
I enjoyed issue 1, Montenat’s art and De-Gruchy’s story really complimented each other well. Michael’s use of wide-angle landscapes and tight reaction shots really brought the story home, and Ron Riley’s colors fit the tone perfectly. Tomorrow (4/23) marks the release of issue 2 on comixology, issue one is for sale as well. Go pick them up and see if you get sucked in like I did.
The Fallen gets 4 out of 5 stars! Check out a preview from issue #1
And here’s the purchase info and preview for issue #2!