POST AMERICANA #4 (OF 6) - An I Reads You Review
STORY: Steve Skroce
ARTIST: Steve Skroce
COLORS: Dave Stewart
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (March 2021)
Rated M / Mature
Post Americana is a six-issue miniseries written and drawn by Steve Skroce and published by Image Comics. Post Americana is set in a dystopian future and focuses on two rebels' attempts to save an area called the “Wasteland” from a rogue President of the United States. Colorist Dave Stewart and letterer Fonografiks complete Post Americana's creative team.
Post Americana has two settings. The first is “The Bubble,” an installation inside the Cheyenne Mountains that is the most sophisticated super-bunker in the world. Inside, Nathaniel Hawksworthe, the new President of the United States, plans to use the bunker's resources to build the “New America” by basically paving over the second setting, the “Wasteland.” Determined to stop Hawksworthe are Michael “Mike” Lee, a hapless rebel, and Carolyn, a deadly Wasteland girl, who is already hellbent on revenge against the denizens of the Bubble. But Carolyn and Mike will have to survive the Wasteland in order to save the Wasteland.
As Post Americana #4 opens, Carolyn has a surprise reunion with her mother, Eve, whom she thought was dead. A prisoner of the forces of The Bubble, Eve is still a fighter, but our heroes are up against the psychotic Hawksworthe and now, his hoary, old hag of a mother. When things get tough for Mike, Carolyn, Eve, and company, they will find themselves in need of some help. Enter a hero from the bygone days, Night Terror. So how is he alive, and do they really want his crazy-ass help?
THE LOWDOWN: I wrote in my review of Post Americana #1 that I was a fan of writer-artist Steve Skroce, going back over two decades. In my review of Post-Americana #2, I expressed joy that Skroce gave readers the fun of a cannibal holocaust-shindig, and I like that Post-Americana #3 gave the readers some history and back story.
As ever, Skroce offers something new in each issue of his creator-owned comic books, and Post Americana #4 is no exception. Yes, the return of Eve will make readers suspicious, and it should, as it is clear that one should always expect both the next surprise and the curve balls from Skroce. However, the story of the relationship between Carolyn and her mother tugs at the heart. And the Night Terror angle is the funky cherry on top – to say nothing of his partner, Donny.
As usual, Skroce gets excellent assistance in creating this fine edition of his latest comic book. That includes superb coloring from Dave Stewart and lettering from Fonografiks that makes the craziness readable. I can't wait for the fifth issue.
I READS YOU RECOMMENDS: Fans of Steve Skroce's comics and of post-apocalyptic sci-fi will want Post Americana.
9 out of 10
[This comic book features a five-page sneak preview of the comic book, Nocterra #1, by Scott Snyder, Tony S. Daniels, Tomeu Morey, and Andworld Design.]
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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