Alone at the end of the world, Aria is woman with a mission Traipsing through an overgrown city with her only companion, a cat named Jelly Beans, Aria's search for an ancient relic with immeasurable power has been fruitless so far. Read more...
Alone at the end of the world, Aria is woman with a mission Traipsing through an overgrown city with her only companion, a cat named Jelly Beans, Aria's search for an ancient relic with immeasurable power has been fruitless so far. But when a run in with a creepy savage sets her on a path to complete her quest, she'll face death head on in the hopes of claiming her prize and, if all goes according to plan, finally returning home.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-06-08
- Reviewer: Staff
With a style that combines the idiosyncrasies of cartoonists Noelle Stevenson and Paul Pope into a fresh new look, MacLean (Head Lopper, Daruma) bursts from the underground scene with a short but memorable major-imprint debut. Aria, a lone operative seeking something of incredible value lost under the rubble of postapocalyptic Earth, must brave hostile tribes and her own isolation in order to complete her mission. With a song in her heart and quiet companionship from her cat, Jelly Beans, Aria carves a path of destruction through everything that stands between her and victory. Scenes range from the horrifically brutal to the soft and compassionate, with no hint of sensationalism or melodrama, but rather raw, authentic emotion in both the script and visuals. MacLean shows a talent for silent storytelling, and his incredibly kinetic, flowing art and use of nontraditional page structures indicate an intimate knowledge of storytelling on its most primal level—as unique as Aria herself. (June)