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REVIEW: We Promised Utopia #1

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REVIEW: We Promised Utopia #1

Book Title: We Promised Utopia #1

Book Description: We Promised Utopia, a new series from the independent press that first published Natasha Alterici’s breakthrough Heathen comics, seeks to answer that question in a thought-provoking, sci-fi epic that tackles the current climate crisis.

Book Author: Morales, Holman and Martin

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Literati Press

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Illustrator: Eric Osborn, Chloe Elimam and Jonathan Koelsch

  • Story
    (3.5)
  • Interior Art
    (3.25)
  • Cover Art
    (4)
  • Dialogue
    (4)
  • Mechanics
    (2.75)
  • Editing
    (3.75)
3.5

Summary

We Promised Utopia is a promising book with a great idea, climate change. Not only does it tell the story of Isabel, a conservationist, but it glimpses into the future of what she’s trying to build. The perfect Earth.

The book starts with a man hunting and is attacked by cat, which he ultimately kills and then it switches to Isabel giving a speech during what seems like a reality tv show. It then transitions to the future and back to the past again. The transitions between past and present could be more defined as the switching confuses the reader.

I could do without the survivalist family in the beginning and end of the book. It’s confusing as to who they are, we’re not told who the man is in the beginning. I started reading thinking the story was going to be about this survivalist but after three pages it switches to the reality show. If this book changes times and locations, it should be told to the reader.

Despite the structure of the story, the art is pretty good. There are some perspective issues in some panels but all in all it’s well drawn. The panels border on being too busy but not too busy as to confuse the reader.

I would be curious to see where this story goes and would definitely pick up issue #2.

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