Warlords of Appalachia #1 Review
Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Penciller: Jonas Scharf
Colors: Doug Garbark
Letters: Jim Campbell
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Boom studios have never failed to surprise us. Their ahead of time vision and style is simple class apart and Warlords of Appalachia is another proof of why the company is awesome. The way America is heading, where people are disagreeing in terms of race, gender, ethnicity and belief, it will totally makes sense if there is a second civil war. Warlords of Appalachia present this scenario in a very strong way. The first issue doesn’t talk about how or what caused it but instead it starts when the war ends and everyone unites, except the citizens of Kentucky refuse.
The first issue gives a brief history of what probably could have caused the war. What seems like a late night radio talk show, we go through the events of the war only to realize that it is filled with bias and one sided version of the story. We then meet Kade Mercer, who is trying to protect his family while living in the woods of Kentucky. While Kade avoids running into the US coalition troops, an uprising in the Kentucky town brings him in center of the conflict.
Warlords of Appalachia #1 is simply a joyous read. We have been through a number of post-apocalyptic and Dystopic comic book series but what makes this series worth reading is the fact that it is already trying to avoid the clichés that the other comic books have followed. We meet a number of characters and everyone has a larger than life part to fill in the story. We meet Kade, whose backstory seems interesting, while right now he is simply trying to stay away from the conflict, I personally think that is past will be revealed in the coming issues and it will be interesting to read. We meet ‘The Blueboys’ who live in the woods and are affected by a drug called sweetrock. People of town seem to be scared of them and try to avoid them as much as possible. Finally we meet the troops who have some complicated backstories that will be interesting to read in the coming issues.
Warlords of Appalachia #1 is a visual treat for the readers. Those who are unfamiliar with Scharfs’ art make you feel that the characters are alive and actual natives of Kentucky. The description of violence and blood is way more realistic than other comics.
This seems to be my favorite comic book series right now and a worth of giving a chance. Let’s see how it goes.
Rating 4 out of 5