Most of us go through Life feeling, at times, like we have the “weight of the world” on our shoulders. Most of our worries come from us exaggerating the severity of our problems and the impact they will have on our lives. And even though we view these various hurdles in terms of both Life and Death, we know at heart that, ( in the words of my own father ) “everything will work out”. For Grady Potts, the main character in “The Bunker”, it his sole responsibility to make sure that “everything” DOES work out. And ensuring that it will, despite the dreadful cost to humanity, is the only way the human race can survive.
In the story, Grady and his four friends Billy, Heidi, Daniel and his girlfriend Natasha decide to commemorate their friendship by creating a time capsule in the middle of the Angeles National Forest. When Grady starts to break ground, however, his shovel hits something metal in the dirt. That something turns out to be a hatch to an underground bunker. A hatch that, impossibly enough, has the group’s names (with the exception of one member) printed on it. And, unlike their intended time capsule, this bunker is not filled with warm mementos of their past but files that reveal a dark glimpse into their roles as future architects of a worldwide cataclysmic event. An event that Grady must allow to play out…in order to save the world.
Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov gives us a first issue that starts off strong and grabs the reader by the throat. The apocalyptic premise brings to mind a bit of Stephen King’s (The Stand, 11/22/63) work as well as Brian K. Vaughn’s (Y: The Last Man, Lost, Ex Machina). Although time travel may (at times) be one of the most overused plot elements in the science fiction genre, Fialkov nonetheless, mines a good amount of suspense from it. I love the 12 Monkeys vibe to this first issue and I’m definitely committed to the ones that follow. The ominous tone is further enhanced by Joe Infurnari’s beautiful black and white artwork. And the last few panels, which reveal the identity of the bunker’s creator as well as conveying the isolation and full weight of Grady’s responsibility, are as brilliant as they are heartbreaking.
If Comixology keeps on spotlighting quality books on par with this one, there will be no end to my pull list. Overall rating 4 out of 5!
The Bunker #1
Cover by: Joe Infurnari
Written by: Joshua Fialkov
Art by: Joe Infurnari
Lettered by: Joe Infurnari
Publisher: Hoarse and Buggy Productions
Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction, Suspense
Page Count: 35 Pages
Digital Release Date: Aug 5th 2013
Age Rating: 17+ Only
Comixology Link: The Bunker #1