Publisher: BHP Comics
Writer: Jack Lothian
Artist: Garry Mac
Colours, Design & Lettering: Sha Nazir & Kirsty Hunter
Release Date: April 2017
The latest offering from BHP Comics, Tomorrow, tells the story of an old lady who wakes up one day to discover that everyone else in the world has disappeared. For someone who has been living her life feeling almost invisible to everyone around her, things don’t initially change all that much, but when the true story behind the disappearance is eventually revealed, she is forced to confront her feelings of loneliness and of isolation in a wholly unexpected way.
Writer Jack Lothian clearly isn’t in any hurry to tell his story here, capitalising on the sizeable page count to take his time with every beat, first gradually introducing us to the lonely, repetitive life of our old-age protagonist before shocking us with the disappearance and finally reeling us in with her heartfelt and increasingly desperate actions.
Full disclosure, it’s fairly difficult for me to talk about the content of the book too much without spoiling its impact, but suffice to say that it runs the whole gamut of emotions, from isolation to fear to hope to sadness over the course of its forty-five pages, and in spite of its relatively sedate pace, is likely to keep the reader utterly hooked from start to finish.
Artist Garry Mac’s typically restrained linework really helps to underscore the sterility and isolation of our leading lady’s life, keeping things clean, repetitive and familiar as she goes through her daily routine. As should be expected by now from anyone familiar with his previous work, he also excels during the more ‘science fiction’ aspects of the story, infusing his pages with a trademark sense of weirdness while still managing to keep everything feeling oddly believable at the same time.
Vitally, Mac also manages to pack an incredible range of emotion into the facial expressions of the old lady, from quiet resignation to bemusement to hope and, ultimately, to heartbreak. He and Lothian work together seamlessly to create a distinctive feeling throughout, taking an established science fiction trope and infusing it with some genuine emotion that should feel truly relatable to anyone who has ever felt alone.
By turns unnerving, uplifting and utterly moving, Tomorrow is a story that will resonate with you long after you’ve put the book down, and may very well be the most accomplished release so far from the prolific team at BHP Comics.
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