I found a recommendation for this series whilst looking for post-apocalyptic stories on Comic Vine. I was familiar with Brian Wood's work on DMZ. The concept sounded intriguing and the price was good so I picked it up.
This book is unlike anything I have ever read before. It can definitely be described as post-apocalyptic literature, but it goes a lot further than that. The characters are excellent and you find yourself really rooting for them in their pursuits. Not only this, but the artwork in the first three chapters (by Krisitan Donaldson) is so intricate and detailed that it pulls you further in and makes the book near impossible to put down. Not only that, but the coulorist Dave Stewart won an Eisner Award in 2013 for his work on The Massive. Justified praise indeed.
The only reason I haven't given this book five stars is because, after the third book, Donaldson is replaced by Garry Brown. His artwork is fine, but when compared to that of his predecessor it pales in comparison. This is a real shame and detracts slightly from the immersion of the story.
This collection also contains the initial backstories to Callum, Mag and Mary (printed before The Massive #1), the artwork of which is done by Kristian Donaldson.
If you're a fan of post-apocalyptic literature, if you're into conservationism, if you're into excellent story-telling or beautiful artwork then this story is for you. I'm delighted I found it and I can't wait for Volume 2!