Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Sean Lewis
Artwork: Hayden Sherman
Release Date: 5th June 2019
In the not too distant future, billionaire technology genius and philanthropist Adrian Camus is dreaming of a better tomorrow. But he wants it today. He wants free technology to bridge the gap between rich and poor, making the world a better place for everyone. When Camus realises the government is standing between his dream and reality, he uses the army he has created in the young, poor and disaffected kids being raised by his MOM app to try and bring them down.
Charley “Thumbs” Meadows is one of those kids, and having headed for the sanctuary of Fortress Victory, he finds himself fighting a war in the hope for a better future and finding his sister snatched from him by government troops in a blitzkrieg attack on his trailer park.
This is a Cyberpunk story that explodes off the page with an energy and relentlessness that is truly exhilarating. It’s like a mash up of Red Dawn, Ready Player One and Kyle Reece’s flashbacks from Terminator. Told predominately in flashbacks, this first issue introduces us to Charley and Nia, winners of scholarships to the prestigious Fortress Victory School. In the aftermath of a disastrous mission and taking us back through the path that brought them to this point, Sean Lewis’ story is gripping from the start. Nia’s race to save Thumbs’ life is delivered at breakneck speed and with a genuine sense of panic and disorienting images that keep you off balance throughout.
Hayden Sherman’s artwork is really striking, conveying an awful lot with very little. Even the palette is down to minimal shades and colours but the impact is incredible. I thought the whole world that Sherman built around Lewis’ narrative was fantastic, the characters Lewis has created for us are realised brilliantly and vividly, and the action is just off the charts in its pacing and dynamic delivery.
I want to tell you so much more about this issue but the way it is delivered makes entering into spoiler territory very hard to avoid. This is a fantastic first issue. It has tension and action, and has taken some familiar tropes and thrown a new spin on them. The characters are engaging and believable. Sean Lewis’ writing is superb, Hayden Sherman’s artwork is superb, and the combination of the two is superb. This is slated as a five issue run, but if the quality of their output continues to be this good, I’d sincerely like to see this become a much larger story.
If you want to find out more about THUMBS, make sure to check out our interview with Sean Lewis and Hayden Sherman by CLICKING HERE.
The writer of this piece was: Mark Scott
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