Source: Dark Horse/Netgalley – I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation.
Series: American Dreams #1 – 4
Edition: Paperback, 112 Pages
Genre: Graphic Novel, Post Apocalyptic
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Nineteen years ago, a parasitic fungal outbreak killed the majority of the world’s population, forcing survivors into a handful of quarantine zones. Thirteen-year-old Ellie has grown up in this violent, post pandemic world, and her disrespect for the military authority running her boarding school earns her new enemies, a new friend in fellow rebel Riley, and her first trip into the outside world, where she is confronted with a dangerous insurgent group – and with the monstrous victims of infection!
This is based off and a prequel to the Naughty dog game The Last of Us, which deals with a post apocalyptic world where survival is the first and foremost thought on most people’s minds. There people with a fungal infection that turns them feral and rabid, until they progress into fungal monsters and can no long truly move. In this world bands of survivor war against one another and people fight fiercely for their lives.
First and foremost I haven’t played the game, since I don’t play stuff that generally gives me nightmares. It keeps me sane. However I have watched it being played so I am quiet familiar with the general storyline and the characters. I don’t think it’s necessary to have played the game and read this but I think it probably adds a layer of depth, that would otherwise be missing.
This focuses on Elle, one of the main characters of the game, and her back story. We get to see a slightly more vulnerable Elle, she holds a bit more innocence. I really liked that they take the time to show her curiosity about past childhoods and things that she never got to see, and that she in some sense holds on to that. Riley is one tough girl on the outside who has clearly dealt with a lot. She and Elle form a friendship built on the need to be free of the military restraints placed on them. We also get to see some of the interaction between the military and a group of rebels called the Fireflies, as well as Riley’s desire to be included among their ranks.
I’m not sure if this is going to continue on as a series of if this is the only prequel that Dark Horse will be publishing. However if you’ve played the game and fancy a bit more back story I’d definitely give it a go.