What’s the Furthest Place from Here? #1
Written by Matthew Rosenberg
Art by Tyler Boss
Letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
The Rundown: Members of the Academy run into trouble when they accept an old friend into their home.
Sid finds Prufrock in a compromising situation and questions his health. Then they have an interesting discussion. Soon, a knock at the door awakens all the inhabitants of their location and arouses suspicion. When a friend is discovered injured, the young people take to the streets for answers. They are then challenged by another territory for violating a pact and a confrontation ensues.
Meanwhile, Slug talks with Sid regarding his findings outside their territory. He then gives her something unexpected. Afterwards, Sid lends assistance to The Academy in their battle. The group returns home to find a friend has gone missing. Later, they hold a party where Alabama and Prufrock discuss their origins and Sid and Oberon talk about life. The next day, the find a friend has gone missing.
The Story: Rosenberg crafts an interesting first chapter in this dystopian saga. I like how this episode immediately sets up the world of the tale, while only giving brief hints at their overall plotline. By the end of the chapter, even though the reader is given the basics, the air of mystery still surrounds the project. There are a lot of cool takeaways, such as the way the children use records to symbolize their lives. And I am interested in seeing how their overall community is structured, as well The Academy’s relationship with the other factions. Overall, I found this story entertaining and I look forward to the next edition.
The Art: The illustration in this issue features a traditional drawing style and cool color palette. The artwork does a good job with matching the tone of the story and I was emotionally engaged throughout the tale.