Title: The Realm #1
Words: Seth M. Peck
Art: Jeremy Haun
Colors: Nick Filardi
Letters: Thomas Mauer
Publication Date: September 13, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “Fifteen years ago, our world was overrun by creatures of myth; orcs, dragons, and other nameless horrors threw the entire planet into total chaos. Today, the shattered remnants of civilization must fight just to survive in a deadly new era of violence and mayhem. While a powerful sorcerer marshals his forces, a group of warriors embark on a journey to reclaim our world from the growing darkness.”
In a post-apocalyptic world Will Nolan needs to deliver his charge to “The King.” As it turns out he is no ordinary courier, she is not what he was told she was, the intel sucked and he is about to get double crossed. Also, there are “drakes in the air” and what appears to be demon spawn all over the place. And that’s just in the first few pages.
Then the action and intrigue really begin. What is left of civilization is perilous at every step. In the remnants of the mid-western United States antibiotics are currency and human life has little value. A job is a job and there’s no such thing as a hero.
Although The Realm touches on a lot of familiar tropes it is delivered in a deft and smart manner. Think of a cross between the “Man with No Name” and “The Terminator”. We don’t know exactly who or what Nolan is, but he is not to be trifled with.
The dramatic tension, the world building, and the dialogue are skillfully wrought. This is a story full of purpose and nuance. There is a lot going on here with factions and politics and non-human society only partially revealed. Peck has provided an enormous amount of hints and details that are likely to be interesting.
What we have here is a cinematic approach with sweeping vistas and cut scenes and colors to suggest the grim versus the arcane. Each panel is gritty. The more supernatural the darker and bluer it gets. Haun draws the reader in with every frame.
The Bottom Line:
The Realm is everything necessary in an action adventure with a touch of fantasy. Guns and swords and magic at the end of the world is supposed to be thrilling and Haun and Peck have brought the best.