A new virus causes the skin of humans to harden like a shell, leaving organs trapped in an exoskeleton. A team or survivors protected by the United Nations isolate themselves hoping to remain the last humans left on Earth, trying to find a solution to the global epidemic. But these efforts failed and only two young survivors, immune to the disease and their ward remain. It’s up to them to stop the Propater group, which seems to be responsible for the tragedy.
This is the type of comic book that if it were spoken would be in a soft, exasperated voice. The story, of course is a post apocalyptic tale of survival and the allegory and comparisons to Christianity are interesting. It feels like we are reading the Genesis, with Adam, Eve, the snake, Abel, Cain. Of course, it’s not a direct transposition and there are far more players involved in this story.
The backsliding and political drama, is good, but in this first volume, they take a backseat to the story of these young humans trying to survive. There are several volumes of this story and one of my fears is that as the story progresses, it will be but a bunch of plot elements based on the initial premise. Hopefully that won’t be the case and this story can remain as insightful as the tales presented in the first volume. Checking out volume Two is the only way to know for sure.
The artwork is great and detailed. But it never feels overwhelming. There are enough contrasts between the characters and their backdrops. Of course it’s all in black and white. One of Endo’s great skill, is capturing emotions with his characters’ eyes. The cover reminds me a lot to a similar story, Le Sommeil du monstre. This is one series I strongly recommend.