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REVIEW: Nuclear Family #4

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REVIEW: Nuclear Family #4

Book Title: Nuclear Family #4

Book Description: War is Hell. In Nuclear Family #4 we see just how much of a Hell the United States government is willing to make. Miles below Milwaukee the government has a laboratory inside of a bunker. In this lab we see that scientists have created a serum that makes soldiers impervious to the radiation levels above ground. The serum essentially kills the soldier, leaving them in a zombified state. An army that is fearless and doesn’t question orders. It’s every general’s dream. “Because comics” this laboratory is where the younger McCleans fall out of the air ducts. The older McCleans are present as well because the US soldiers are threatening to use the serum on Tim McClean. Roger can’t abide by this and starts a physical altercation with the soldiers in the lab. When the dust settles Mrs. McClean has injected Dan with the serum. It’s at this point our group of heroes decides it would be a good time to run. They maneuver through the labyrinth of tunnels in the bunker until they get to Roger’s home. There they are surprised to see who’s waiting for them.

Book Author: Stephanie Phillips

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: AfterShock Comics

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Illustrator: Tony Shasteen

  • Story
    (4.25)
  • Interior Art
    (4)
  • Cover Art
    (3.25)
  • Dialogue
    (3.25)
  • Mechanics
    (4)
  • Editing
    (3)
3.6

Summary

Have you ever read something and it just seemed to carry on with no end in sight? That is the exact opposite of what you will experience with Nuclear Family #4. The entire issue is fast paced and filled with intensity. The pages went by so quickly that I was shocked to discover I’d finished it.

The fact that in this issue the US government doesn’t bat an eye at the prospect of experimenting on soldiers is a bit frightening. Is this art imitating life or a precursor to life imitating art? Neither is a rabbit hole I want to go down.

The level of detail in Mr. Shasteen’s work continues to be incredible. I’m thankful that he doesn’t quite make his artwork realistic to the level of being comparable to a photograph in this issue. Seeing an extremely vivid panel of someone’s flash rotting away would be a bit off putting.

From what I can tell, there’s only one issue left in the Nuclear Family run. It’s been a thrilling ride up to this point. This has been one of my top ten series for 2021. I’m very curious to see how Stephanie Phillips and company wrap up the series. 

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Brett has been collecting comics for close to 30 years and is passionate about showcasing the amazing stories in Indie Comics and growing the indie community. A marketing and communications professional with a Masters of Nonprofit Management, he founded The Indie Comix Dispatch in 2020. Brett is also a member of the National Writers Union.

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