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Sheltered Volume 1 TP [Paperback]

John Christmas
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31 Dec 2013 Sheltered
A PRE-APOCALYPTIC TALE OF SURVIVAL AT ANY COST.The men and women of Safe Haven have been preparing for any-and-all end of world scenarios for years. However, their bunkers, weapons and training can't save them from the one threat they never could have expected: Their own children.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (31 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607068419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607068419
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 16.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sheltered storm 12 Jan 2014
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Set in the snowy backwoods of rural America, a group of survivalist nuts have been seting up fallout shelters filled with supplies for years in anticipation of the massive volcano in Yellowstone erupting soon and decimating the country. Except their children have other plans and decide to massacre all of the adults! While the kids and their leader, the quietly insane loner Lucas, prepare for the coming apocalypse, two girls, Vic and Hailey, didn't know about the plan and have hidden away in one of the bunkers - which threat will they survive, their bloodthirsty peers or the volcano?

Sheltered isn't a bad comic but there's one major conceit that I couldn't get past which marred the book for me: why would the kids kill their parents? I realise in the cases of Vic and Hailey that they wouldn't because they liked their parents, but really, every other kid in Safe Haven would murder their parents because an older kid told them to? Because the older kid believes he has special information on the volcano in Yellowstone and knows more about food rationing than adults? So every kid would think, well, I guess I gotta off mum and dad because this weirdo with no friends and crazy eyes says so?!

Other than that the book is fine. Obviously comparisons to Lord of the Flies are bound to be made as its the kids now running the show and things falls apart as you'd expect, and chaos follows the authority vacuum. The only difference is at the end of the Lord of the Flies, the adults arrive to rescue the kids, and in Sheltered the adults are the first to die.

It's an especially interesting look at what can largely be called an American story.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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As usual I received this book for free. This time it was via NetGalley. Despite that kindness my candid thoughts follow below.

On the positive side, the comic has a unique premise that basically boils down to a combination of Doomsday Preppers, The Walking Dead and Lord of the Flies. Despite being a hybrid, this is one I would have never anticipated so it earns great points for originality. Graphically speaking, the artwork is gritty and realistic and more than any comic I've ever seen, it has a great sense of action and motion.

To the negative, the story is unique but at points somewhat improbable unless the characters are simply psychotic. Which, as the story unfolds, does seem to be increasingly possible.

In summary, a gritty adults-only story of rural America that's worth a download. Reading time is under a half an hour but it'll be a very attention-grabbing 30 minutes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Survivalist irony 25 Mar 2014
By Alt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
David Eckersley is a survivalist who is busy equipping his underground bunker with water and crappy food and lots of guns. He's part of a compound (ok, it's really more of a trailer park) that calls itself Safe Haven. Victoria, his daughter, seems like a normal teenage girl (in other words, she's not all that interested in trailer park survivalists). The Safe Haven residents are quite worried that the gov'mint might take away their guns. Turns out the survivalists would have survived if they hadn't had any guns. Ironic, that.

One of the survivalist's kids is named Lucas. He's the pack leader who all the other kids blindly follow. He has a plan. I wasn't convinced that that other kids would buy into Lucas' plan (and the crisis for which he sees a need to plan) since any rational person would quickly conclude that Lucas is a psychopath who needs a psychiatric commitment. Victoria spots the flaw in Lucas' thinking instantly. If she can do it, why can't the other kids? None of Lucas' friends ever noticed before they arrived at the camp that Lucas is a nut job? But that's the story and, implausible though it might be, it held my interest.

Sheltered teaches a cool lesson: If you teach your children not to trust, they won't trust you; if you teach them extreme beliefs, they will take extreme action; if you teach them that the end is coming, they might be the end of you. Sheltered also has something to say about survivalist culture. The story is marred by its failure to provide a more convincing explanation of the motivation for the kids to act as they do -- and that's a serious flaw, given that their actions are central to the story -- but I enjoyed reading it anyway. I liked it, so it gets four stars, but a weak four stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doomsday Preppers + The Walking Dead + Lord of the Flies 25 Jan 2014
By Rob Slaven - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As usual I received this book for free. This time it was via NetGalley. Despite that kindness my candid thoughts follow below.

On the positive side, the comic has a unique premise that basically boils down to a combination of Doomsday Preppers, The Walking Dead and Lord of the Flies. Despite being a hybrid, this is one I would have never anticipated so it earns great points for originality. Graphically speaking, the artwork is gritty and realistic and more than any comic I've ever seen, it has a great sense of action and motion.

To the negative, the story is unique but at points somewhat improbable unless the characters are simply psychotic. Which, as the story unfolds, does seem to be increasingly possible.

In summary, a gritty adults-only story of rural America that's worth a download. Reading time is under a half an hour but it'll be a very attention-grabbing 30 minutes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, some plot holes but interesting 18 Jan 2014
By Morrigan Alexandros - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read tons of post-apocalyptic books but very few pre-apocalyptic ones. I recently read Gated by Amy Christine Parker and that book was all about drinking the kool-aid and the dangers of blindly believing and following a charismatic (and psychotic) leader. This graphic novel has a similar theme, except for the fact that the kids are the ones in charge (very Lord of the Flies) and the adults have been dealt with. The charismatic leader is Lucas, a boy of an undisclosed age, who is firmly set in the mentality of `the world is ending, everyone else is an enemy and everything and everyone must be sacrificed in order to survive.' And the graphic novel conveys well that lunatic gleam in his eyes in both dialogue and art.

The story is ok and interesting. But, it is a bit hard to believe. All these kids just followed along doing the unthinkable because Lucas told them to? No proof? No questioning? At least the leader in `Gated' offered better `proof' even if tampered and faked.

It is an interesting premise. I might check out the next volume. After you get past the unbelievable you enjoy the story. But, there are a lot of plot holes in the story that are never addressed and just brushed aside.

The art is good, it is gritty and stark, just like the story.

*Received this complimentary galley for review.
4.0 out of 5 stars A paranoid pre-apocalypse story. 18 Mar 2014
By W. McCoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Sheltered takes place in the snowy backwoods of America and is reminiscent of The Lord Of The Flies. Paranoia, violence and torture run rampant, as well as the need to survive.

A group of survivalists is living in the woods getting ready for some apocalyptic event that is getting closer to happening. They have most of their supplies ready and underground bunkers to shelter in. When something happens to the grownups, the children find themselves following one of the older boys, Lucas. Lucas is convinced the apocalypse is coming and ends up isolating the camp from news of the outside world. He acts with malicious violence against any who would oppose him. Vic and Hailey oppose him and try to convince the others to join them.

It's a tightly woven and very paranoid story. Unlike most end of the world stories, this one is pre-apocalypse. By the end, we don't know if the apocalypse is coming, or it's delusional survivalist ranting. I suppose that's for future volumes to reveal. Art and story by John Christmas is good. Good characters in a tough situation.

I was given a review copy of the graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributors and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and cohesive story with many different, distinctive characters 26 Feb 2014
By Rick Klaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The denizens of Safe Haven prepared for all sorts of world ending catastrophes except the one from their own children. Subtitled “A Pre-Apocalyptic Tale,” Sheltered delivers a tense quasi-thriller of a what happens when the youth of a doomsday society bring their parents’ ideas to their logical and scary conclusion. Fearing a seemingly impending volcanic eruption that will engulf the Earth into three years of constant darkness, Lucas devices and implements a plan to wipe out two-thirds of the colony and thus ensuring enough supplies to weather the catastrophe. Of course, not all of the survivors agree with his position and a Lord of the Flies situation begins to emerge. Brisson, who has written comics for a smattering of publishers—big and small, produces an entertaining and cohesive story with many different, distinctive characters. Newcomer Christmas enhances the script with a subtle line. After a rocky start, the art dramatically improves throughout. Sadly, the generally excellent Sheltered, Volume One ends mid-scene with little resolution of the various subplots, leaving the reader unfulfilled and disappointed.
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