Author: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Nick Dragotta
Genre: Science Fiction Comic
Type: Ongoing Monthly Series
Publishing Date: March 2013
Publishing Company: Image Comics
This is the world. It is not the one we wanted, but it is the one we deserved. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam the Earth, signaling the End Times for humanity, and our best hope for life, lies in DEATH. (Source)
This was another comic that was recommended to me by the owner of the comic shop I frequent. It’s an amazing story about an apocalyptic world with 7 nations with all different specialties. Some of the nations’ leaders believe in this religion and are a part of the “Chosen” while the others stay in the past of the light.
One of the horsemen (Death) betrayed the others by falling in love with a human and having a child. Death finds his wife alive while the delicate peace between the nations is crumbling. She ends up rising to the throne and decides to bring about the war. As she prepares for war, Death will use that distraction to save their stolen son.
The other Horsemen spend their time grooming the “Chosen” ones and following this “Message.” And the other paths of the story involve how people came to be where they are and what their part in the whole end of days is.
The art is beautiful and the story line keeps me intrigued. It has a very poetic style to it with the central focus being the battle between darkness and light. Those are always my favorite kinds of stories. It also has a western setting which I normally don’t like, but this works for me.
Currently, my favorite character is Death. He is so multifaceted. He deviates from the path. He refuses to “die” like the rest of the Horsemen, so he is changed. He loves. He feels. He mourns. There’s so much about him that intrigues me.
There are some amazing quotes throughout this series that involved death and his wife. For example, in Vol. 1 “A Lotus, of steel and without mercy finds mercy, and not for mercy’s sake.” And Vol. 3 “The petals of the Lotus turned red. For they were dipped in blood…”
It is a bit on the more gory side so keep that in mind, but this is such a great series. I’ve read nothing but good things from it.
Thanks for reading,