Writer- Dan Wickline
Art- Phillip Sevy
Letters- Troy Peteri
Cover- Phillip Sevy
All of the people in the world have been inexplicably frozen in place. Our hero, Ray Adams, has discovered that he can unfreeze the people around him with a single touch. Now, it’s up to him and the people he’s unfrozen to figure out just what’s going on.
In the last issue, Ray told us the story about the day the world froze and how he found out he could unfreeze people. In this issue, we learn more about what happened after that. Ray and the people he’s woken up have formed a community outside of the city. Things go well for a while until they make a gruesome discovery.
I think it’s worth mentioning that this issue has some graphic content and might not be suitable for everyone.
I really enjoyed the first issue of this series. I felt like it did a great job of playing with the tropes common in post-apocalyptic stories. For the most part I enjoyed this issue just as much as the last one. In the first issue we dealt with the catastrophe itself. In this issue we get to see the characters deal with what happens after. Ray and his initial group have woken up more people and formed a community in San Marino. Things seem to be going great for a while, but as the issue progresses we realize that something has gone horribly wrong.
This actually reminds me a lot of the Stand by Stephen King. Both of these are stories about the end of the world, except instead of focusing on the disaster these stories both focus on the aftermath. These stories are about the survivors and how they handle the situation they find themselves in. Some of these people handle the situation pretty well, but not everything is sunshine and roses.
Ray himself struggling with the responsibility he’s been given. Before all of this he had a pretty normal life, now he’s the leader of a group of people and the only one with the ability to wake up others. Because of this ability, Ray is even more concerned about his decisions than if he’d just been elected the leader of a group of survivors. He’s concerned about the impact his decisions have on the people he’s woken up. The way the people he’s woken up see him also has the potential to complicate things. Do they see him as a god or a monster? A question that creates tension among some of the survivors.
This series is getting into questions about human nature. How do we know what we’re doing is right and how do we really know the people around us? Can we really know the people around us? These questions almost matter more than what caused the freeze in the first place. The fact that the story is asking us to think about things like this is something I really like. I enjoy when creators use their work to explore topics and experiment with ideas.
Now, let’s talk about art. I mentioned that I liked this issue almost as much as the last one. The difference here is the art which I actually think it got better between issues. I enjoy it a lot more now than I did in the last issue. I think it’s the line art. It seems to be a lot bolder and has more variation than I remember in the last issue.
My only real complaint about the last issue was that the art felt a little stiff in places. That’s not a problem anymore. Everything feels like it has more life to it. Which might be because we’re starting to see more and more characters that are unfrozen. Maybe they look more alive because they are. Whatever the reason, I enjoy the art much more now and I hope it keeps getting better.