No One’s Rose #1
Writers: Zac Thompson, Emily Horn
Artist: Alberto Jimenez-Alburquerque
Colorist: Raúl Angulo
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Publisher: Vault Comics
The planet as we know it has been destroyed. It’s gray and toxic and dangerous, thanks to constant abuse at the hands of humanity. In No One’s Rose #1 there is a glimmer of hope in the Green Zone, but nothing is perfect, no matter how beautiful it seems.
Written by Zac Thompson and Emily Horn, the new series features art by Alberto Jimenez-Alburquerque and colors by Raúl Angulo. Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou completes the team with letters.
Together the creators craft a gorgeously detailed universe. The “solar punk” tale takes a more positive and vibrant look at what the future holds after humanity finally destroys the resources at its disposal, and it is this optimism that draws you in. But underneath the colors and the progress of science to restore the planet is a darkness no one wants to see. The two main characters, siblings Tenn and Seren, represent each side of the conflict, and the winning side may make the difference in earth’s—and humanity’s—ultimate recovery.
My first read-through of Vault’s new sci-fi book was admittedly overwhelming, but not in a bad way. The lush, colorful art and the layered futuristic tale stimulate your senses from the word go, immediately absorbing you into a world where humanity has finally gone and done it—destroyed the planet to the point where survivors are forced into a biodome built around the oxygenating Brankstokker tree, leaving science desperate for solutions.
Despite everyone being forced to live in the dome for survival, there is still a hierarchy and a class system—lower level versus upper level around a tree of life. Where Tenn works tirelessly as a bio-engineer to boost the oxygen of the tree with the hopes of rebuilding the planet, her brother Seren is angry and rebellious. His answers to salvation are very different than Tenn’s, but which side is right? Which approach is really the solution humans need?
The book is obviously relevant in today’s world. We are constantly reminded that we are altering the earth to the point where the damage may be irreparable. Hell, a couple of weeks of humans being forced to stay inside because of a pandemic, and suddenly the water and air seem instantly cleaner.
Overall No One’s Rose #1 is a strong start to a very timely story for our world. The first issue debuts Wednesday, March 25. Contact your local comic shop for a copy or head to Vault’s website for more.