Tuesday, August 1, 2017
author: Rick Remender
average rating: 2.80
read at: 2017/08/01
date added: 2017/08/01
'Devolution' by Rick Remender along with Jonathan Wayshak and Jae Lee is one of those graphic novels where you just have to go with the premise. If you stop to think too hard about the premise, it will all unravel.
It is the future and just about everything has been devolved by science. It was determined that violence was caused by belief in religion, so devolving people would get rid of this in them (refer to my first paragraph about "going with it"). Raja, a human, has survived by being alert and violent. She is on her way to the West Coast of the United States where she knows there is a way to reverse this weird virus. Getting there is hampered by neanderthal-like humans, violent plants and giant evolved insects.
If my description doesn't give you the sense that this whole thing is over the top, then I have erred. Jonathan Wayshak's art is hurried and intense. There is gore and violence and other R-rated content throughout. It feels like the kind of thing that got thought of during a late night brainstorming session with just a few too many energy drinks. It's definitely not for everyone, but I kind of liked it.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Dynamite Entertainment, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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