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Nuclear Power 3, the third in Desirée Proctor, Erica Harrell, and Lynne Yoshii’s six issue alternative history series is plunged in the cool tones of the Variants, giving the readers their first deep dive into the story away from the Joint Chiefs. The tone of the shift suggests secrets and conspiracy. The tone does not lie. Betrayal dwells there.
The blood flows freely through the core veins of the whole: the plight between the Authoritarian and those on the receiving end of genocide. The stage, set. The exodus, clear. The mirror, haunting. History’s song on the tip of a bullet.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff are off-cell, save for a few mentions and a damning flashback reveal, giving the narrative the momentum squarely from the voice of the resistance fighter refugee outcasts. It’s a powerful turn. A shift not always executed without the loss of pace but – as proven two issues past – loss of pace is not a hinderance with which Nuclear Power is familiar. There isn’t a lull. The quiet cells are pregnant with anticipation and ethical hammers rather than dead space and voids. As mentioned twice now before, it’s easy to feel an investment in the tale. We exist between the sharp ink-lines as part of it.
We all do.
There are two actions around which this issue orbits in polar beauty. Two acts of violence for opposite cause. It is striking. Paths set against desperation. Lives forever altered, marked, or ended. There is incredible weight in the absolute nature of violence, a weight masterfully delivered to the feet of the reader. This offering, this skeleton slumped in the chair, it is the soul of Nuclear Power.
It is our generational genetic trauma. It is our soul.
Nuclear Power 3 brings us to a sacred place, together, alone, timelessly. Unified and betrayed, night and day.
Nuclear Power is a 6-issue series published by Fanbase Press. Written by Desirée Proctor & Erica Harrell (Ultra Violet, Deadshot: Mercy, 2017 DC Comics New Talent Workshop) and illustrated by Lynne Yoshii (DC’s Gotham Garage, 2017 DC Comics New Talent Workshop).
Writers: Desirée Proctor & Erica Harrell (Deadshot: Mercy, 2017 DC Comics New Talent Workshop)
Artist: Lynne Yoshii (DC’s Gotham Garage, 2017 DC Comics New Talent Workshop)
Publisher: Fanbase Press
$0.99 | 23 pages | Fanbase Press | June 16, 2021
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October of 1962. The Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union is at its peak when the unthinkable happens: nuclear war. Sixty years later, the remaining 13 states rose from the ashes to form the American Union, governed by the authoritarian Joint Chiefs of Staff and protected by a border wall to keep out nuclear radiation . . . and the individuals who were enhanced by it. Nuclear Power is a darkly poignant alternate history of the Cuban Missile Crisis that posits the lengths to which a government will go to protect (or deceive) its citizens. When the Joint Chiefs’ dark secrets are revealed, will survivors on both sides of the wall join forces to fight for their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, or will their differences forever divide them?
“The story is inspired by our mothers’ experience trying to Americanize after the Cuban Missile Crisis, when Cubans were attacked in this country for being the ‘enemy.’ We hope that people take away the idea that we shouldn’t fear others for being different; that we shouldn’t automatically try to destroy what we don’t understand.”
– Nuclear Power creators Desirée Proctor & Erica Harrell
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