Afterburn #2 (of 4) (Red 5 – Chitwood / Ens / Nichols)
One year after a solar superflare wiped out the Eastern Hemisphere, Jake and his companions find their fortune by illegally raiding the devastated wasteland of it’s remain treasures. And they’re willing to face mutated survivors, ferocious animals and rival treasure hunters to do so. Their latest job takes them to the post-apocalyptic remains of Hong Kong. A Chinese survivor living in America has hired them to recover a mysterious case. Unfortunately, just getting there is proving a challenge in itself…
No two ways about it, Afterburn is a fun read. Straight out action at it’s finest. Soldiers of fortune in a burnt out world fighting mutants, mobsters and ninjas! Come on, what’s not to like? The characters are over-dramatic action heroes, the plot is at a constant sprint pace and the art is competent.
Honestly, if you are looking for the scientific realistic take on the end of the world, well then this might not be your best case scenario. But if you are looking for an enjoyable property, that could easily be turned into a TV series, role playing game or a movie starring Will Smith, Afterburn is for you!
Issue Grade: B+