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The New World #1 (of 5) – A Review

The New World #1
The New World #1 (of 5)
Writer: Aleŝ Kot
Artist: Tradd Moore
Colorist: Heather Moore
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: July 25, 2018

The Story

The New World #1 takes place in the aftermath of the second American Civil War. Two lovers who couldn’t be more different meet only to find their relationship immediately in danger: a “straight-edge vegan hacker” and a “chaotic, hedonistic cop.”

Image Comics calls it a cross between Romeo and Juliet and Mad Max and they’re absolutely right. Thankfully, it’s not some boring retelling either. It’s original and looks fantastic!

It’s easily one of the best debuts of the year and if you don’t agree, you might need to “reassess your life choices!”

The Writing

The script from Aleŝ Kot for The New World is quite a departure from his work on Days of Hate. Both are set in dystopian settings but World is nowhere near as dark. In this particular series, Kot makes us laugh even as we know the seriousness of the story.

And because it’s such a large debut issue, there is lots of room for action and character introduction without one infringing on the other.

Also, because this is a short five book series, you have to pack in as much as you can. Kot’s script has me engrossed from beginning to end.

Speaking of the end, it’s perfect. It’s like watching a TV program that goes to black immediately after a character receives a figurative gut-punch, leaving you wanting more.

The debut issue was well-paced, in the “Goldilocks Zone” as it were. Never too fast, and never sluggish.

The New World #1

The Art

Tradd and Heather Moore’s line work and colours are extraordinarily retro and fit the story nicely.

I’ve read some advance reviews that spoke about the art being uneven stylistically throughout the first issue of The New World. To be honest, the only time the style and colours were different is when they needed to be. For example, there is a party/rave scene in the book and it’s line work and colours are exactly what they should be; flashy and trippy.

You felt like you were there; The critiques were grossly unfair.

Since I started paying attention to the finer details liker lettering, Clayton Cowles has quickly become my favourite letterer. You’ll remember him from my favourite series The Dead Hand which I reviewed not too long ago. Subtle and significant is essentially how I describe his work.

The New World #1
The New World #1 Cover B

Final Thoughts: The New World #1

The New World #1 is mildly disappointing, and that’s only because I know I want more than five issues. Sure, it’s premise is something we’ve seen before, but I think the creative team has found a way to retell the story without repeating the same old boring tropes.

This story has room to grow and I can’t wait to see where the Kot, Cowles, Moore, and Moore take it.

The New World is a top two debut of 2018. In my mind, The Dead Hand and World are too close to call.

The New World #2 (of 5) hits bookshelves August 29, 2018. Call your LCS to reserve a copy today.

What do you think about The New World? Tell us!

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