A story of hope at the end.
Story: Inaki Miranda, Roy Miranda
Art: Inaki Miranda
Colors: Eva de la Cruz
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
What They Say:
The year is 2084 and the world has changed. Wracked by calamities and crawling with monsters, the last remaining humans face a dangerous existence.
And now, the Earth has been sent a message from the deepest reaches of space – a dark countdown to the extinction of all humanity. But there is hope! Five thousand children will be rescued by these mysterious message-senders.
This is the journey of Hototo, one of the lucky five thousand – but only if his teenage sister, Tala, can safely deliver him to the nearest Beacon before time runs out.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
One of my favorite artists that have done some really creative stuff over the years is Inaki Miranda. So I was quite excited when I found out that they were working on a new series and writing it with Roy Miranda through AfterShock Comics. And bringing on the talented Eva de la Cruz to color his work was just another sign of something I was eager to see. We Live is one of those definitely solid starter issues where you know the creators have a good bit in mind but they aren’t trying to jam and overlord the first issue so much that it becomes too much of an experience. There’s a lot of stage-setting going on here but it does it without a hurried nature or intensity to it that would be off-putting even if it would make sense to do so considering the events.
The premise behind this is that in 2084, humanity has suffered seriously over the last few decades from weather events to genetic mutant wars and a host of creatures that nature has given rise to in order to exterminate humanity. But now humanity has little left to go as an event is coming that will eliminate it completely. What’s going to save it is that an alien presence has signaled that they will save 5,000 children in a few month’s time if in order to save the species. We see this past play out and all that went down over the decades as humanity formed into nine megalopolis cities. It’s easy for those inside there to get the children to the collection points but those out in the villages, called Enduros, require more help in getting there, protection from what’s threatening any who travel outside.
This introduces us to two kids, a little boy named Hototo and his slightly older sister Tala. With their parents dead, it’s Tala’s job to get Hototo there and to preserve his childish dream of being a superhero, a promise she made to their mother on her deathbed. Hototo’s got a costume all done up and a special helmet that (eventually) lets him see the world in VR. Their dynamic and past is touched upon nicely and see the journey as they meet the bus that will take them to the train station. But it’s that journey with others on their way that doesn’t go well and the passengers are either slowly picked off or the whole venture is derailed, turning it into a walking trip. The stakes are high with just a few days until the point of no return and the adults, knowing that only children can go, are desperate to help any of the children make it and get there.
We Live is just at the starting gate here and it doesn’t advance far in its opening issue. Which I’m grateful for as I can see how they might want to rush to get to some of the “better” parts of the journey. But by taking the time they do here, we get a good introduction to a number of characters without feeling rushed and we get to immerse ourselves into this world slowly and understand it at a better pace than a fast rush – even with the info dump we get at the start that covers a lot of the basics. The big picture is intriguing and I’m really curious to see just how far this series intends to go. Inaki’s artwork is always great and that’s no exception here, especially with a striking color design, and the story concept and characters have me really interested in seeing more of it unfold and what the bigger plans are.
Age Rating: 15+
Released By: AfterShock Comics
Release Date: October 14th, 2020