A riveting follow-up, “Sheltered” #2 continues to be a thrilling read that doesn’t know the meaning of “slow down.” Suspense hits its peak in this violent take on the war between parents and their angst-filled teenagers in the community of Safe Haven. In “Sheltered”, surviving the apocalypse means never trusting anyone over 20.
WRITTEN BY: Ed Brisson
ART BY: Johnnie Christmas
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: August 7, 2013
To protect their children from the dangers of the outside world, the parents took them to Safe Haven, a gated and isolated community. Safe Haven belongs to the like-minded “Preppers,” survivalists who are ready for the inevitable end of the world. Suddenly, the children changed and their minds snapped under pressure. The teenagers eventually turned against their parents, killing them one by one. After taking away the rest of the food, ammo, and guns, the teens have nothing else left to do but to get rid of the dead bodies. Who will Victoria ultimately choose to side with when a gun is pointed at her head?
Writer Ed Brisson explores a plausibly realistic and terrifying premise where children turn against their parents. The rebelliousness of youth is taken to the extreme as the adults are entirely wiped out from Safe Haven. Readers are slowly going to learn how the teens are going to get rid of evidence of their bloody massacre. In a world without adults, who is going to run the show from now on? Even though Lucas killed his parents, he’s forced to grow up and make even tougher decisions without them.
Brisson presents Victoria as a loner, someone who lived by her own rules and made her own decisions. But now, she is forced to conform to the will of a violent community. Victoria isn’t playing by Lucas’ rules and refuses to be a team player. But since the teens cold-heartedly murdered her father, what will the group do to an outsider like Victoria? Even though she is in the age range like everyone else, Victoria doesn’t want anything to do with them.
Co-creator and artist Johnnie Christmas captures a dreary atmosphere using the barren tress of the snowy setting. Trapped in the woods, Victoria has become stranded in a distant world that never felt like home. Because she is far away from the loud noises of the city, Victoria jumps when she hears the sounds of loud gunshots. Christmas then builds the suspense through the close-ups of the teen murderers, who are always on the verge of a mental breakdown.
Because the narrative takes place during a single night, Christmas plays around with shadows and the snowy surface. Because there is little electricity in the woods, the teens build a massive fire, which serves as their only light source. In the wide shot, the light from the fire bounces off the smooth surface of the snow. The teens recognize their loss of innocence when they see the blood of their parents on the snow.
“Sheltered” #2 picks up momentum and brings readers with a suspenseful thrill ride. As the story heads into “Lord of the Flies” territory, I can’t wait to see what happens in the third installment.
Reviewed by – Jorge Solis