The Few

Hayden Sherman (illus.). Vol. 1. Image. Aug. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781534302358. pap. $19.99. Rated: Mature. DYSTOPIAN/ACTION & ADVENTURE
Pvt. Edan Hale serves the Palace, a corrupt government that rules splintered America in a dystopian future. After serving the Palace faithfully for years, Edan finds herself stuck in camps with the "terrorists" she has been fighting, known as the Few. Initially under deep cover to infiltrate the Few, she eventually comes to ally herself with them. Haunted by her former commander's ghost and strapped with caring for a small infant who wears a gas mask, Edan spends much of the tale running from guns, shooting and bombing her pursuers, and forging uneasy partnerships with strangers. Multiple surprises await our protagonist, and the conclusion to this arc is powerfully satisfying. Lewis (Saints) crafts an emotionally charged tale, deftly illustrated by Sherman (John Carter: The End), whose jagged, sketchy style, reminiscent of Frank Miller's Sin City or Will Eisner's A Contract with God, perfectly fits the bleak forests and cityscapes that Edan encounters. Black, white, and red constitute the basic palette.
VERDICT Recommended for mature readers who like their stories stark, dark, and intense. Strong adult content owing to graphic violence.
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