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REVIEW: Nuclear Family #3


REVIEW: Nuclear Family #3

Book Title: Nuclear Family #3

Book Description: In the second installment of Nuclear Family Tim McClean and the rest of his family learned a lot about what happened in the few hours since the bombs fell on Milwaukee in 1958. For starters, somehow the McCleans and their home ended up ten years in the future. Most of Milwaukee is now a radioactive wasteland. There’s an underground city near where Milwaukee was that seems to have been in existence for generations. The third issue of Nuclear Family picks up in a detention center with the McClean children, Robin and Hank, being forced to watch anti communist propaganda videos. Elsewhere soldiers continue to treat Tim like a Russian spy. The soldiers are torturing the man for information he doesn’t have. Dan wants to know how Tim thinks he knows him when has no recollection of Mr. McClean. In the children’s room Robin and Hank take advantage of the lack of attention the guards are giving them. They escape their room to look for their parents. They get help from a young man named Roger that leads them through the labyrinth that is the detention center. While the children are on the move we learn that what happened in Milwaukee took place nationwide. There are 15 hubs, or underground cities, spread out across what’s left of the United States. When an air duct the trio is crawling through collapses they get an even bigger surprise.

Book Author: Stephanie Phillips

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Aftershock Comics

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Illustrator: Tony Shasteen

  • Story
  • Interior Art
  • Cover Art
  • Dialogue
  • Mechanics
  • Editing


Nuclear Family #3 is rapidly climbing my list of top titles in 2021! The intensity seems to be nonstop. Every time it seems to calm down Stephanie Phillips keeps finding a new level. My reading stack is going to be adjusted to accommodate the next two issues as quickly as possible.

Nuclear Family’s covers have all been remarkable. They are the perfect elevator pitch. You can’t see it on the shelves without giving it a pause to wonder what the story is about.

The artwork on the interior pages has been great for the entire series. Mr. Shasteen is something special. I love all of the attention to detail that continues to shine through in each issue.

The dialogue continues to make for an excellent narrative in this issue. It brings the reader up to speed without having lengthy editor’s notes. I liked Roger’s storytelling.

As a geek on a budget I fully endorse Nuclear Family #3. The $3.99 cover price is comparable, if not cheaper than a lot of its contemporaries. The artwork is solid. The story pulls the reader into the book. I believe that every book in this series is going to be a bargain!

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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