Erin’s Arcade – Nuclear Power #4 – Review
Erin is back with her review of Nuclear Power #4 released by Fanbase Press. Find it at Hoopla and Comixology.
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Proctor, Harrell, and Yoshii’s fourth entry in the six issue alternative history series, Nuclear Power is the storytelling equivalent of lovingly offering a band-aid before the once loving hand rips the plaster from the still weeping wound. Which is to say: a high compliment to the craft.
Rarely in a midway point could one feel so comfortably confident that cooler character minds are prevailing. Compromise on the horizon. Some peace, some quiet. Reflection. Relaxation. Nuclear Power 4 lulled me into a false ease.
I was tricked. The beats increased unflinchingly. Horrifically, in the most compelling vein, the story ignited. It ripped the floor out and set fire to it, catching my heart ablaze in the process.
Enemies and allies in an ant farm, shaken.
There is a lot of story in the fourth issue, a lot. A marriage between plot and point keeps the pace afloat. Pace hasn’t been a problem for the series and this masterful balancing act suggests it won’t be a problem for the following two.
Ugh, … the following two … I want the following two right now. I’m impatient to follow the fallout and repercussions. I was already invested; the pure humanity of the story made getting invested the easy part. I am now consumed.
The strange mark of incredible art, it leaves a scar where it once set. That’s the magic of Nuclear Power. That world is our world, slightly tilted and seen with familiar yet varied rays of light. I want to know where it goes as naturally as I want to know what the next day of reality brings. It lines itself up along the rails of believability with the effortless realism. It’s terrifying. It’s beautiful. It’s both life and death.
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 | 29 pages | Fanbase Press | July 14, 2021
For Mature Readers | Available on Hoopla & ComiXology
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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In addition, we wanted to highlight the news that we shared earlier this week, as the Nuclear Power trade paperback is slated for release on October 19, 2021, in recognition of the 59th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The collected edition will consist of a brand new cover by series artist Lynne Yoshii, a foreword by Dr. Katie Monnin (writer – Teaching Graphic Novels, Diamond Bookshelf’s “Katie’s Korner”), and a study guide by Dr. Stephen J.C. Andes (Associate Professor of History – Louisiana State University / writer – Zorro’s Shadow). Pre-orders made by August 1 will receive exclusive prints of the single issue covers (plus an Issue #1 variant cover) signed by the creative team.
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