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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Start to Post-Apocalyptic Series, 23 May 2013
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This review is from: The Massive Volume 1: Black Pacific (Paperback)
Some time in the not too distant future, a series of meteorological and geographic catastrophes throw Earth into chaos. Massive earthquakes, storms, sea levels, and more lead to a complete breakdown of modern society. Amidst this post-apocalyptic new world sails the Kapital, the smaller vessel of environmental activist group Ninth Wave's two-boat armada. Aboard are the five remaining members of the group: Callum and Mag are a pair of former Blackwater-type mercenaries who joined the activist group; Mary is a very driven woman with a mysterious past, Gregor appears to be an ex-Russian mafia hacker type, and there's a purple-haired American woman whose name I forget.

The rest of Ninth Wave was aboard the Massive, which was the group's much larger mothership -- but the two got separated in a storm, and now the Kapital roams the seas in search of the Massive. This collection of six issues jumps back and forth between that search and flashbacks to various eco-disasters and the aftermath. Along the way, we see the Kapital attacked by Siberian pirates, Callum dealmaking with a Somali warlord, Mary and the other woman captured by some other goons, and a strange encounter with a British ship hauling mysterious cargo.

It's all pretty captivating, even if it does feel mostly like setup for something much richer than what we get in its pages. Especially when you factor in a few short interstitials providing more character backstory that appeared in the Dark Horse Presents series. It's hard not to end the volume wondering just who all these goons in goggles are who seem so interested in the Kapital, not to mention whether or not Callum and his crew will find the Massive, or whether that will prove to be an elusive white whale.

The artwork is excellent throughout, maintaining a consistently gritty tone and palette, even across three different artists. It's one of the better post-apocalyptic stories I can recall and I'm definitely intrigued and wondering where this series is headed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Gem, 18 Mar 2014
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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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the next installment., 12 Aug 2013
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It takes its time settling its hooks into you, but halfway into the first volume I couldnt put it down. Great artwork, pretty good dialogue, interesting characters and the story is pretty "massive" (pun), but with good focus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, 7 Jun 2013
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Brian Wood is currently one of the best writers in comics and I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read non super hero comics. The concept of a world devastated by a global catastrophe isn't exactly new, but its been very well handled here with the story concentrating the struggle to survive afterward. Plus there's a nice central mystery to hang everything off and an interesting group of characters. I'll definitely be getting future volumes.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 20 Aug 2013
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The Massive is good and interesting but I'm not sure what I think of it yet but will definitely get the next volume.
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