Review: The Great Divide #1

One of the best elements of this title is the concept.  We have many titles on the shelves that delve into the post-apocalyptic mode, but this one does it with a hell of a great premise.  A virus exists that makes physical contact deadly.  GreatDivide01-Cov-C-StrahamThe repercussions are examined through the sociological perspective of the simplest issue facing humanity in such a case: human sexuality.  With touch a no-no the long-term existence of the human race is threatened.  In the short-term, people need an outlet for the procreative drive given to all of us animals dwelling on this Earth.

Not as strong is the follow through with the lead character.  We do not get a name for this person, so the connectivity feels very tenuous.  He runs afoul of a woman and gets pulled into the local dispute that often arises in the absence of governing bodies.

For an opening issue, The Great Divide #1 gets edgy, bloody, and smart.  With a little work on the execution of the character in a more associative role with the readership, this book could become one of the best shitty future stories out there.

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The Great Divide #1 Writer: Ben Fisher Artist: Adam Markiewicz Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Price: $3.99 Format: Ongoing; Print/Digital