Publisher: Fly Comics
Writer: Neil Sambrook
Artwork: Ari Syahrzad, Earl Geier
Release Date: 23rd September, 2015
World 3 imagines in a world – one into which we may very well be heading – where society has disconnected from each other, becoming too reliant on our electronic gadgets and forcing governments across the globe to intervene. Networks were shut down, countries became compartmentalized and, almost inevitably, wars raged.
It is interesting that this first issue opens with an empty notebook. One you write in with a pen, not one with a screen. Remember them? A dead soldier has one cast by his body, and it is picked up by another soldier who begins to write his thoughts on the war and the loss of humanity that he has witnessed. As night follows day, he suffers the same fate as the notebook’s previous owner and so the notebook passes to an enemy combatant.
Clearly with the mighty fall of the electronic word, pen and paper are the only way to record words now, and so it seems as we get almost two pages of writing detailing what happened on EM Day. The day the electronic world switched off. The statement is stamped ‘Propaganda’, leaving it up to the reader to decide just what they believe of the story about to unfold.
We then meet Doc and Walt, two soldiers in the trenches. Doc has a plan to escape and make it to a camp for conscientious objectors, to do some good. If you envisage a journey akin to The Walking Dead (when will that series end?!) then rest easy, as just a few pages later, they make it. But this is a war story and, as we know, war is brutal.
As this chapter closes for now, we get a brief tale of robot soldiers, the LAWS. Less interesting – I miss the human angle – and not entirely fresh. I suspect it serves to flesh out this World 3 for subsequent issues, but not enough attention has been paid to it as the first story and so I found myself paying it scant attention too.
This issue is interesting in so much as it opens in the seemingly familiar ground of World War 2 before surprising us with a futuristic tale of a world which needed to go back to go forward. In spite of this however, it doesn’t really feel as fresh as it perhaps could, or that it’s bringing anything really new to the table. Also, it doesn’t help that after such a strong start, it more or less shoots itself in the foot as it closes.
I hope that issue two brings us more, because I definitely feel World 3 could be good; it just needs to push itself a little harder in order to find new ground to settle.
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You can grab yourself a digital download of the first issue of World 3 from Comixology, priced just £1.49
The Writer of this piece was: Hazel Hay
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