Story: Peter Milligan
Art: Jesus Hervas
Colors: James Devlin
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
What They Say:
Time Out—Forever. Oscar starts on the arduous path to his twin sister Cira, across an unrecognizable America. With the adult population swiftly dwindling, he needs an ally more than ever—and he’s not the only one. While Malik and Destiny cling to their remaining family and the stranded soccer team turns deadly, Cira meets a dangerous new group of . . . friends.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The opening installment of Tomorrow had a lot going for it in that we got to work through some solid character introductions and setting up the first wave of the problem. Peter Milligan knows how to handle first issues well so you connect with the characters and story concept so it was definitely enjoyable. Jesus Hervas did a good job with the artwork as we had an interesting range of characters and situations to deal with and everything felt as unique as it should be, and not just slightly different versions of each other. The end result was a well-realized world that got us to move into the darker and grimmer phases of what’s to come in this very dark world.
This issue falls a bit short for me in that it doesn’t have quite as clear of a focus for the storyline. Not that it needs to because it’s the cast trying to figure out how to survive in this world and that’s often a familiar concept in how its presented and Milligan is giving it his own spin. The main focus for much of it for me was with Oscar as he has to walk across the country to get back to his sister now that their mother is dead. He ends up helping out Trevon in finding his two kids before some disturbing guy and his crony can do any real damage to them but he doesn’t stick with them. Oscar’s intent on getting to California again and it looks like he’ll pick up a traveling companion along the way with a game designer who has now found his wealth to be meaningless. And he’s fine with it because it was a recent thing but he provides for someone for Oscar to play against while making the journey. Oscar’s amusing in how he’s surviving, walking for five hours, playing the cello for four hours, and sticking to a schedule in order to keep everyone happy who isn’t there or even alive anymore.
Cira’s time is not going well as like the others, after five weeks she’s having to go out and try and find some food. She knows their pet is never coming back but discovering that the street has been taken over by a small gang of kids is just ridiculous and scary at the same time. This unfolds in a dark way that puts her in a bad place but we’re seeing it play out elsewhere. The soccer team kids we followed before has their captain taking that role very seriously and eliminating players that aren’t toeing the line right. This comes as one of them even says that they did so many reports on Lord of the Flies that they should know better. We also get smaller segments with Trevon connecting with Yashin in exploring the virus while also seeing what Yashin has been through in Russia since we last saw him. Add in a little time with the group that was on the team exercise stuff in the desert and it hits up everyone but not everyone gets strong enough story material.
While this issue of Tomorrow doesn’t get me to pass on the series in the slightest, I do wish it had cut a few pages and focused more on others so that it felt like we got something meatier in the moving forward aspect. With several groups in play, it ends up giving few of them enough time to really work with. Oscar makes out the best in the end with what he’s going through and I suspect Cira’s story will dominate the next issue based on events here. It’s definitely interesting to see Milligan’s take on the end of the world through a virus like this that was manmade, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 event in the real world. But that’s also probably coloring my enjoyment some because the reality of it isn’t quite what a lot of writers through it would be.
Age Rating: 17+
Released By: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 25th, 2020