Oscar Martin’s Solo: Survivors of Chaos

Titan. Jan. 2020. 64p. ISBN 9781782763345. $20.99. Rated: Mature. FANTASY
In a desolate postapocalyptic world where humans, monsters, and mutated animal people face a daily fight for survival, a young rat named Solo decides his parents and siblings will have a better chance of staying alive with one less mouth to feed and ventures out to fend for himself. As word of his prowess in battle spreads, Solo is captured by humans and forced to compete in savage gladiatorial combat against man and beast alike. As the years pass, Solo becomes legendarily undefeatable and eventually earns an opportunity to gain his freedom. All he has to do is win a free-for-all brawl against three vicious opponents and decide whether there’s any point in fighting to survive in a world ruled by brutal violence. Warner Bros. Lifetime Achievement Award–winning cartoonist Martin illustrates Solo’s adventures in a style reminiscent of the Tom and Jerry comics for which he’s internationally acclaimed, lending a kinetic fluidity to gory action scenes and a sense of warmth despite the spiritual despondency and desolate setting.
VERDICT A beautifully drawn, gripping action-adventure, coming-of-age story in which the protagonist must grapple with ferocious enemies and an existential crisis.

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