Review: ‘Hinterkind Vol. 1: The Waking World’

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“Hinterkind Vol. 1: The Waking World” takes readers on a fast-paced and action-packed trip to an apocalyptic future. Usually when the end of the world is here, it’s brain-eating zombies that have taken over. This time around, the “Hinterkind” series offers a glimpse at how the human race fights to survive against ogres, trolls, and elves.

WRITTEN BY: Ian Edginton
ART BY: Francesco Trifogli
PUBLISHER: Vertigo Comics
PRICE: $9.99
RELEASE: April 2, 2013

After “The Blight” wiped out the human race, the last threads of civilization have wandered around alone, searching for others like them. The apocalypse has brought something back, from the lost corners of the world. Creatures from a forgotten time have suddenly come back. Dwarves, elves, trolls, and ogres have now become the new evolutionary leap. Curious about the outside world, Prosper Monday has to step out into the ever-growing forests and never-ending deserts to find her missing grandfather. Prosper has to save him before these mythological creatures get to him first.

Using elements from American folklore and children’s tales, writer Ian Edginton presents his apocalyptic vision through the eyes of Prosper Monday, a naive but confident archer. Readers will instantly think of Katniss in their minds, but Prosper also carries the quick wit of Robin Hood. Prosper has to move away from the safety net of her home and wander into the wilds of the outside world. It’s an interesting coming-of-age tale where Prosper has to travel across broken bridges and deserted highways to find herself.

Edginton delivers top-notch action sequences that keep the plot moving forward. In the first chapter, Edginton uses the animals that have escaped from the zoo. Prosper has to outrun the savage lions as she tries to jump on top of one car to another. The most suspenseful of these scenarios is when Prosper singlehandedly has to take down a huge ogre. With her crossbow, Proper aims the arrows at the ogre’s eyes to blind him, which just makes things worse for herself. All of a sudden, the blind ogre won’t stop thrashing his arms around until he grabs Prosper with his bare hands.

Using wide shots, artist Francesco Trifogli captures the vast jungle atmosphere and forest setting to depict the apocalyptic world. We see giant trees are growing out of the rooftops from abandoned buildings. There is so much detail in Trifogli’s backgrounds, especially when Prosper marches across the Queensboro Bridge. Thousands of empty cars have been left to rust on the bridge, which is now a giant garden.

Trifogli has done an impressive job with the character designs of the mythological creatures. The ogre has horns on his chin, as if that is supposed to resemble a goatee. Each of the ogre’s arms has a weird symbol tattooed on them. The antagonist, Star, has bat wings on her back and piercings circling down her ear.

“Hinterkind Vol. 1: The Waking World” takes readers on an epic journey into the past where giants, elves, and dark magic reigned supreme. The last page gets readers psyched for the upcoming story arc.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by Jorge Solis