By: Michael Alan Nelson (writer), Alejandro Aragon (art), Juan Manuel Tumburus (colors) & Johnny Lowe (letters)

The Story: Selina and the journalist she is guiding into infected territory get sucked into sectional fighting in infected London.

What’s Good: This is a pretty hard look at what can happen, as they say on certain internet sites, when the SHTF (Shit Hits The Fan).  How would survivors band together?  Would they be one, big, happy family?  Would they practice communal farming?  Who gets excluded from the group and why?  What do they fight over?  For the first time in this series, we are taking a break from being chased by the infected and instead seeing how human civilization reestablishes itself in London.  And it ain’t pretty and we’ll surely see more of this sectional fighting in future issues of 28 Days Later.

One other welcome bit in this comic is that we get a little of back information on Selina (our heroine).  The movie on which this comic was based didn’t give us much back info on her character except to make it clear that she is a “survivor”.  And, so far in this comic series she has been quite mercenary and willing to hack folks to bits if they are infected, so it was interesting to see something(s) that she actually does care about in this issue.

A final interesting story item in this issue is a big difference between 28 Days and other apocalypse-fiction.  Namely, the problem is isolated to Great Britain.  People in the rest of the world are just fine and are moving on with the rest of their lives, willing to let Great Britain die because they don’t want to risk the infection spreading.  This is clearly a fictional account, but one wonders if Nelson has in mind situations that go on daily in places like Darfur that are probably similarly horrible.

Since taking over art duties a couple of months ago, Aragon has done a nice job of continuing the sparse look of this comic.  Apocalypse fiction takes a very different look than drawing Captain America or Green Lantern.  He sells the dirtiness of London and knows how to draw clothing on people (as opposed to superheroes which are basically nudes).

What’s Not So Good: The resolution to the dire-straits Selina found herself in after last issue felt like a bit weak.  One of the reasons this issue was so anticipated was “Can Selina survive that?”   Well, it turns out that question is unanswered and that’s a bit of a shame even if it did advance another plot item.

This is a common complaint, but this comic is getting to the point where it could use a recap paragraph (or even sentence or two).  For example, I realized that in this issue I can’t remember what the journalist’s name is.  He’s one of the two main characters of the series and I don’t remember his name and there is no prompting word balloon anywhere in this issue.

Conclusion: Not quite as riveting as the last few issues, but it is a bit of a transitional story as Nelson get’s out a few new toys to play with.  One does wonder how long this series will remain at its current status quo before Selina and “the journalist” try to get out of infected Britain.  Still, even with a few parts of this issue that weren’t flat out awesome, this is a great series and a highly recommended issue.

Grade: B-

– Dean Stell

 

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