Post-apocalyptic comics always grab my attention. They bring the true human spirit out — the fight for survival. Emelie is a woman who has been living underwater on her ship named Pearl. After 15 years she finally makes contact with another human being, but they aren’t friendly. The first few issues build up the characters and the plot and explain how the world went to complete crap. Later you find out Emelie is a scientist, one of four, who worked on trying to save humankind’s brightest minds, she also later finds out a big secret about herself.
I can’t reveal this secret because it would spoil the whole series. I just have to say that it’s the only highlight of the entire comic. We find out later that there’s a utopia called Avalon where the last of humanity has come together to live. The story itself is very linear and forgettable. I wanted to see more of Avalon, I wanted to know what goes on inside there. We just see this back and forth between Emelie and the scientists and this new-world-order group called League that wants them wiped out. They are made up of cutthroat pirates and you end up rolling your eyes at this Water World type of story. There are hints of something greater here and there, but they fall flat and the story ultimately doesn’t pan out. I felt left out of a lot of detail, this probably needed more than just 6 issues to breathe.
There are some cool fight scenes and the comic can be quite gory with decapitations and limbs being ripped off. The idea of each scientist having their own ship with AI accustomed to them is really interesting, but I wanted to see more. You end up not caring about anyone because the writer tried cramming too much into 6 issues without a continuation. There’s a forced relationship between a survivor and Emelie but it’s just a 4-page scene and nothing else is explained. They apparently dated before, but there’s no flashback.
What we have is an interesting post-apocalyptic aquatic adventure, but there is so much crammed in here that we get bits and pieces of everything without knowing the whole picture. The art is decent despite the people looking pretty ugly in close-ups. There are some fun fight scenes, but overall you will quickly forget about this one.