By Nolan P. Smith
The end of the world isn’t coming; it is here. For twins Oscar and Cira Fuentes, they struggle to find each other from across the nation as they bear witness to a new kind of contagion. This is the story to Tomorrow #1 from Dark Horse Comics Berger Books imprint.
From Peter Milligan, Jesus Hervas, James Devlin, and Sal Cipriano, we open the book with Oscar finding his mom dead on the ground after his recital audition. Oscar is neuroatypical, which gives him a different outlook and a different way of handling situations due to the way his mind processes things. Oscar and his mom went to New York from Los Angeles for a recital audition, his twin sister Cira taking being sick so she wouldn’t have to go. But when the contagion hits, the twins try to reconnect in a world losing its mind. We also see the story from the eyes of Trevon, Cyber Security officer, who identifies that the contagion has come from the most unlikely of places- the internet. We see how many individuals are hits with the effects of the virus, including the Russian who created it.
Oscar is a musical prodigy, who is focused on Schnittke’s cello concerto number two. The definition of this musical piece beautifully coincides with how this issue and epidemic is playing out: a sudden change of mood, the beauty that changes to chaos and confusion. It is such a great way to tie to the core and emotions of the story.
Milligan has created a very intriguing start to a new end of the world, with two characters that really draw us in. The duality of twins, especially one being neuro-atypical and one not, rings so true to me personally. I have a twin brother with autism, and the way he sees the world is so different from what I see. I really connect with Oscar and Cira. Hervas and the art team create such a beautiful book here. We get stories from different points of view, from the ordinary and mundane to when chaos breaks loose. The designs, the colors, everything works extremely well and helps pull you into the story more and more.
Tomorrow is not your run of the mill comic book, and I love it: no superheroes, no capes, but real emotion, real danger, and a really great start. I highly recommend Tomorrow; it’s a break from your usual comic book fare.
Rating: 9.0 out of 10.
Nolan P. Smith is the Editor and Co-Founder of Pastrami Nation. Being a reporter for the past ten years, he has worked for a variety of media outlets, from newsprint to the ever-evolving internet platform. Residing in Victorville, CA, writing has always been a significant aspect of his life. You can usually find him at comic book conventions, looking for more amazing books to dive into, or at the gym at odd times of the night. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter @nolanpsmith, and Instagram @kakooee.