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PREVIEW: 'Nuclear Family' #1 by Stephanie Phillips, Tony Shasteen, and JD Mettler

 America, 1957. Elvis dominates the airwaves and apple pie is served after every meal. But, with the dark cloud of nuclear holocaust looming, Korean War vet Tim McClean’s major concern is taking care of his family in the atomic age. When the first bomb does drop on an unexpecting Midwest city, Tim and his family find themselves plunged into a strange new world, where what’s left of the United States has gone underground while continuing to wage war on Russia with unthinkable tactics. Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story Breakfast at Twilight , NUCLEAR FAMILY is written by  Stephanie Phillips ( Butcher of Paris, Heavy Metal , ARTEMIS AND THE ASSASSIN, RED ATLANTIS) and illustrated by Tony Shasteen ( Star Trek ). It’s Cold War-era science fiction at its most timely and terrifying. As Phillips explained when interviewed about the series by The Hollywood Reporter at the end of last year, “[it’s] about a family that seems like the ideal nuclear family in the 1950s. But, when an unexpected

REVIEW: 'No. 1 With A Bullet' #2 by Jacob Semahn, Jorge Corona, and Jen Hickman

'No.1 With A Bullet' #2 picks up where the first issue left off. The aftermath of the leaked sex tape belonging to TV personality Nash Huang is examined in excruciating detail. This might be a triggering read for anyone who's been cyberbullied or shamed.


NO. 1 WITH A BULLET #2  

Writer: Jacob Semahn
Artist: Jorge Corona
Colorist: Jen Hickman
Letterer: Steve Wands
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: December 6, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)


Jacob Semahn and Jorge Corona take the reader down a gauntlet of shame, of anger, of sorrow, of immeasurable pain as we witness the unraveling of Nash as she withstands a torrent of gossip, insults, and accusations. This is where science fiction meets non-fiction because the high tech contact lenses that were used in recording Nash's intimate moment and eventually leaked resulted in the far too familiar campaign of online abuse and endless public shaming that happens now. Semahn delivers an unflinching and prolonged look at the devasting affects this intrusion of privacy causes. 

This is often uncomfortable to read and it should be. The snide comments and strange looks from strangers, the media backlash, the humiliating meeting about the non-disclosure agreement, and the inevitable reading of online comments too powerful to ignore. Nash comes full circle, taking the hits, exposing her vulnerabilities, crying, falling into depression only emerge on the other side angry and resilient. It would all be too dour, too dark and sad if not for the captivating art by Jorge Corona and Jen Hickman. 

Corona's unique character designs help create a sort of fever dream of strangers with disapproving looks, gossip show hosts that look menacing, and a chilling demonstration of online comments. 
Hickman conveys a somber tone with pastel colors before giving way to bolder deeper hues as Nash begins to bounce back. The art and script come together in perfect harmony creating an otherworldly future but the themes are all too real and present. 

'No. 1 With A Bullet' is a tale ripped from today's headlines told with worts and all. It's a sobering look at the impact it does to someone's life as embodied by Semahn's heroine. As painful and as uncomfortable as the topic of online abuse and public shaming is, Semahn and Corona don't pull any punches while creating an engrossing and mesmerizing story. And it's just getting started. 

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