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4.0 out of 5 stars End of the world again, 8 April 2014
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Gareth Simon (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doomsday.1 (Paperback)
The stories from issues #1-4 of IDW's new John Byrne comic-book series `Doomsday.1' are collected as Doomsday.1. This may be a reworking of, or an `inspired by', his early series `Doomsday + 1', though apart from the initial scenario, there is nothing to connect them; even the art and scripting, as John has had 40 years to develop his skills. This story follows the crew of the International Space Station as they make their way across an Earth devastated by a solar flare, looking for survivors. The art is superb, the ideas and storytelling are excellent, and the scripting is perfect.

The first issue sees the ISS detecting the approach of a giant solar flare, and the reactions of various people (some of whom will reappear in due course), with the President of the United States showing more religious conviction than the head of a certain world-spanning religion. The crew of the ISS bale out in the visiting shuttle, and orbit the earth until the firestorms subside, and then make a landing. There is a zone that has escaped the worst effects of the storm, being, I assume, on the far side of the Earth when it struck. The leader declares this to be the beginning of Doomsday year 1. The next three issues are `snapshot' adventures set during the course of the subsequent year, as the crew meet up with groups of survivors, including the inmates of a Texas maximum-security prison, a US submarine crew, and the Pope, who has taken refuge in a settlement in the Brazilian jungle.

These are excellent self-contained stories, which also move the story of the ISS crew forward, until the end of the fourth issue, which sees the dawn of Doomsday Year 2 and the birth of a baby.

This is an excellent new series, with writer/artist John Byrne at the height of his powers. I look forward to more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Post-Apocalypse Survival, 16 Dec 2013
This review is from: Doomsday.1 (Paperback)
I love apocalyptic/post-apoc. literature and this caught me eye as sounding pretty interesting. I hadn't read this author before but am glad I gave it try because it turned out to be quite a good story, if somewhat short. When the earth is mostly burned up by a humongous solar flare, a returning International space crew find a somewhat safe place to land and try to find others left on earth. The seven person International crew has representatives from different countries, except for the two Russians making up the only married couple. The crew's make up, bickering, humour and general dynamics reminded me of Stargate Atlantis and found favour with me right away. They meet up with others such as survivors of a military submarine and prisoners who were lockdown at a prison. Needless to say some of these encounters turn violent and the imagery is bloody and disturbing but not overly graphic. The story is quite intense, has some genuine poignant moments, leaves the original crew short two members and ends with the remaining team splitting off into two directions. An awful lot happens in such a short book and the next volume could prove to give further insight into characters with them divided into two smaller groups. Really liked this.
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