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The Massive TPB
(2013-2015 Dark Horse)
These first 30 issues of "The Massive" make up the five trade
paperbacks of the same title.
In this series the reader follows the exploits of the crew of the Kapital,
a vessel used to harass and disable whaling ships. It has lost contact
with its much larger ship partner, the Massive.
The main character is Captain Callum Israel, a former mercenary turned
environmentalist who is haunted by false sightings of the Massive as he
navigates his ship after "the Crash."
"The Crash" started in the late 2000s and is called such because
in the space of a few years everything went south for the world: economic,
societal, political, agricultural, and environmental ruin.
Israel heads up environmentalist group Ninth Wave and many of the people
in his crew are fascinating in their own right.
What Brian Wood has done here is introduce a cast of complex characters
struggling to understand the role they must play in this new dystopia.
There is much soul-searching as each crew member wonders about the
relevance of Ninth Wave's mission now that the world has gone to hell.
"The Massive" is a thinking person's post-apocalyptic tale that
belongs in everyone's collection.
(posted June 10, 2016)