Review: ‘Hinterkind’ #1

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Fast-moving and action-packed, “Hinterkind” #1 takes readers on an entertaining ride through the apocalypse. It’s not brain-eating zombies that have taken over the world. This time around, the human race has to fight against ogres, trolls, and talking unicorns if they ever want to survive.

WRITTEN BY: Ian Edginton
ART BY: Francesco Trifogli
PUBLISHER: Vertigo Comics
PRICE: $2.99
RELEASE: Oct. 2, 2013

No one has left the island of Manhattan and returned to tell their tale. When a distress call is heard on the radio, who will really answer and risk their lives to help someone? What if the plague has decimated the human population in Chicago and Detroit as well? The plague has sent the world backwards in time, where sword and sorcery were kings of their period. Due to the rising infection, people are slowly turning into wild animals. Soon there will be nothing left but savages if someone doesn’t find out what’s lurking outside of New York.

Writer Ian Edginton presents an apocalyptic world based on American folklore and children’s tales. What I found really impressive is how Edginton establishes the wilderness environment in the opening pages. Because there is no one left to guard the cages, the animals have escaped from the Central Park Zoo. As they roam freely, the animals have marked certain New York landmarks as their own territory. With the last remaining human survivors searching for food, who will be the hunters and the hunted?

Readers will be immersed with Edginton’s snappy dialogue between Prosper and Angus. Edginton has created two likeable characters who are lost in their own coming-of-age tale. Angus is an outcast who wants to belong but can’t because of the terrifying secret he’s hiding. Feeling like she’s trapped in a box, Prosper’s curiosity craves the knowledge to find out what really lies outside the walls of New York. As readers, we want to join Prosper and Angus on their journey into the terrifying unknown.

Artists Francesco Trifogli captures the gloomy and jungle atmosphere in the opening pages. In a two-pager, we see the Empire State Building abandoned over the years and covered in green bushes. Giant trees are growing on the side of empty buildings. In an epic wide shot, Central Park is now a small haven for the survivors. Cris Peters’ fantastic green hues will instantly grab the eye’s attention.

Readers might mistake Prosper as just another Katniss-wannabe because of her bow and arrow. But in Trifogli’s character design, Prosper is wearing a green cloak, which harkens back to the adventures of Robin Hood. There is a suspenseful chase sequence mid-way through the narrative. Prosper and Angus dash across the Queensboro Bridge, trying to outrun the hungry lions right behind them.

With its engaging protagonists, “Hinterkind” #1 does a fantastic job of establishing its apocalyptic vision. I look forward to seeing what happens next as the story progresses.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis