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Mathieu Masmondet, Julia Verlanger & Zhang Xiaoyu

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Page 45 Review by Jonathan

"How many men are left on the face of this planet? A mere handful of what once was. Beasts who do nothing but butcher each other... Soon humanity will be too scarce to even propagate itself..."
"I think I can guess the next part..."
"Shut up..."

Adapted from a story by acclaimed French science fiction author, Éliane Taïeb, writing under one of her two pseudonyms (the other being Gilles Thomas), this dystopian road trip is a bloody tale of dogged determination, perseverance against seemingly insurmountable odds and the unslakeable thirst for reviews... I mean revenge! Sorry, it all sounded like the weekly slog to get the Page 45 reviews written for a moment there...

As a young woman on the relatively idyllic isle of Porquerolles, Helene's life is irrevocably shattered when marauding raiders slaughter her parents and kidnap her younger sister. From that moment on, her only concern is to find and rescue her sibling, whom she believes has been taken to the ruined city of Paris. As a woman travelling the overgrown, crumbling highways of France alone, there is horrific danger lurking everywhere. Eventually she finds some trustworthy travelling companions willing to accompany her on her odyssey for mysterious reasons of their own. As Paris looms on the horizon, the personal peril factor only escalates ever more dramatically for Helene. Ooh la la...

An enjoyable Humanoids speculative fiction romp that has enough post-apocalyptic elements of the likes of Mad Max to make it entertaining without remotely hitting the levels of storytelling sophistication of, say, LAZARUS. I thought the main characters were very well realised though and the reveal regarding the great catastrophe, apparently involving a motif common to many of Verlanger's works, was a nice touch. The art from Zhang Xiaoya may be familiar to fans of the CRUSADES, also published by Humanoids a few years ago. It's a touch more rugged on the linework than some Humanoids' art, but it aptly suits this particular story.

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