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I am young enough (or old enough) to be at just the right age that in 1995 when Kevin Costner’s Waterworld came out, my little kid brain couldn’t handle what I thought was an amazing and thrilling post-apocalyptic action adventure film. My imagination was captured not by the characters or even the story but the setting or what I imagine to be the kernel of an idea that spawned the movie. The Massive has done the same in terms of capturing my imagination.
Callum Israel and the crew of the Kapital have yet to find their missing sister ship, The Massive, for nearly a year and the state of the world is just as we left it in the first book. There’s just enough background within the first few pages of this graphic novel to help someone who hasn’t read volume 1, Black Pacific, understand everything what’s going on. What we get in volume 2 titled, Subcontinental, are better glimpses into how various parts of the world and people have adapted their lives post-Collapse (the name given the calamity that brought about the end of the world as we knew it). The fascinating thing about The Collapse is that it isn’t a singular calamity (or if it is, we don’t know yet), the ripple effect that one natural disaster has on the surrounding geography and people is really why there’s so many places that The Massive can go.
One of the highlights for me personally include the story of Ninth Wave (Callum’s direct action environmentalist group) meeting a utopian community built atop a sea station seeking to become a nation. I was less interested in the crew when I read volume 1 but volume 2 did a really good job of adding a dimension to characters like Mary and Mag. The art is still just as good as the first volume, keeping with tone of the story. If you’re a shark week fan, there are some choice pages in here for you.
There are quite a few twists and turns including some big story reveal that will no doubt have a big impact on the rest of the books yet to come. Overall, The Massive, Vol. 2: Subcontinental is a very engaging and quick read, and the books that leave me wanting more are always the ones I recommend to other readers.
This review was written by Kindle comics editor Charlie Chang. Interested in comics and graphic novels? Sign up for Comics Delivers, a weekly email featuring the best in comics each week - from weekly booklists to deals and exclusive content from creators.