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"Collapse: Volume 1 – Isolation" Trade Paperback Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Rising Sun Comics


Written by R.P. Foster & Russ Pirozek
Illustrated by Pablo Lordi
Inked by Jake Isenberg
Lettered by Eduardo Camacho
2017, 166 Pages


If climate change doesn't destroy the world, there's a good chance nuclear war might. That's the catalyst for Collapse, which ends up turning survivors into mutant monsters. Years later, some uninfected folks are trying to stay alive, but that's easier said than done with hordes of these creatures roaming the world. Will they ever have anything close to a normal life again?

There is a lot of lore behind Collapse. It's clear that writers R.P. Foster & Russ Pirozek have thought long and hard about the history of this world and its characters. The bulk of the first two issues is spent establishing this. While it's interesting stuff, it kills any momentum for the series before it even begins.

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Collapse reads like a video game in this regard. You know when you first start out in a game and you talk to various NPCs milling about a town? They all provide some information about their lives and what's going on nearby. Through that you start to get an idea as to what this place is like. That's how these characters speak to each other. Everyone is constantly defining who they are, what they're doing, and why they're doing it. This is helpful for us as readers, but it's not natural and feels forced.

When we do finally get to the mutants, they're nothing short of terrifying. Artist Pablo Lordi delivers a huge variety of creatures. No two look alike. Some have completed changed, while others still somewhat resemble humans, but with claw arms or scales. Letterer Eduardo Camacho further differentiates the mutants with a scratchy font in wavy word balloons.

Much of the character development is conveyed from Lordi's pencils. The people are very expressive. It would have been beneficial to rely more on this for the storytelling instead of spelling out each individual detail.

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Inker Jake Isenberg adds to Lordi's work with some great shadows that cast an ominous tone on the series as a whole. Collapse is told in black-and-white too, which helps with this vibe. It's like the sun never shines on these poor souls.

Collapse has some great ideas and a killer premise. It just takes some time to really get going. This first volume has six chapters and there's a lot of information to sift through without a ton of action. While heated arguments can be interesting, especially given the stress of a post-apocalyptic world, I would have liked more with the mutants and the dangers they pose.


Story: twostars Cover
Art: fourstars
Overall: 2 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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