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REVIEW: Nuclear Family #5


REVIEW: Nuclear Family #5

Book Title: Nuclear Family #5

Book Description: When we left off in issue #4 of Nuclear Family the McClean family had escaped from custody with the help of a young man named Roger. They were on the run in the underground city of Milwaukee. When they arrived at Roger’s home the governor was there waiting for them.

The finale picks up with Tim and Dan serving together in Korea years before the nuclear attack on the United States. Because of a miscommunication, they’re taking friendly fire in the shape of bombs falling all around them. The last thing we see before we jump to 1968 is Tim desperately fiddling with the radio to communicate to his brothers in arms to cease fire.

In 1968 we see that the governor has plans for the McCleans. If Tim is telling the truth about how his family somehow managed to time travel in their house they may be able to find a way to get back. If they can travel back in time they can prevent the attacks from taking place and save the lives of millions.

The governor tells the guards that the family is being placed into exile and sends the McCleans into a nuclear wasteland. The governor will meet them three miles out and take them to their home.

It’s a leap of faith for them. Is the governor on the up and up? Will he actually be there to help them or does he plan on the radiation to do his dirty work for him? All they can do is keep walking and hope.

Fortunately for the McCleans, the governor wasn’t lying. He’s at the rendezvous point and takes them the rest of the way. Now it’s up to Tim to work some magic with the radio in the house’s bunker.

Book Author: Stephanie Phillips

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: AfterShock Comics

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Illustrator: Tony Shasteen

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  • Editing


It’s hard to wrap up a story with an ending that is plausible and doesn’t leave the reader feeling cheated. For this reason I’ve been deliberately putting off reading Nuclear Family #5 for a while. The entire series has been very good. I didn’t want to have the final installment to be a letdown.

I’m happy to say that it wasn’t. I loved that we had the intensity of the McCleans’s dilemma regarding the governor. The conclusion of the issue/story was a little bit of a stretch; but it’s a lot less far-fetched than some of the other stories I have read.

Mr. Shasteen’s artwork was solid for the duration of the series. The details in the radio equipment in 1952 were outstanding. Mr. Mettler’s ability to color those panels to look like an old photograph was impressive.

I liked how the cover was a skeletal version of the family and everything else was exactly the way it was for the first issue. It’s a great way to bring the title full circle!

As a geek on a budget I can’t say enough good things about Nuclear Family. It will be hit and miss trying to find all five issues in the run at your local comic book store. The entire series is going for about $20 on eBay. Considering you’re getting a great story without much of a markup from cover price I think it’s worth every penny!

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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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