A comiXologist Recommends:
Harris Smith recommends Sheltered #9
If there’s one word you can use to describe Ed Brisson (edbrisson) and Johnnie Christmas’ (jchristmas) criminally underrated Image comic Sheltered, it’s tense. Nine issues ago, the series opened with a grandly terrifying act of violence and the promise of an even more apocalyptic scenario in the horizon. Each issue since has built on this threat, this conflict, this danger, this overall tension, punctuating the growing sense of unease with smaller explosions of violence, the implication being that, as bad as things get, what we’ve seen up to now is just a fraction of the true horror that lies ahead.
Sheltered, about the children of a group of doomsday survivalist who slaughter their parents in anticipation of an oncoming ecological disaster, is a hard comic to classify. Is it a horror comic, an action comic, a drama? The most obvious comparisons one can make are with William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” and Stephen King’s “Children of the Corn,” but there is also the vibe of an 80s teen action movie gone off the rails, a murderous pack of “Goonies,” or “Red Dawn” with the kids as both heroes and villains. Still, exciting as the series is, the main reaction it inspires is dread. As bad as the kids’ situation gets in Sheltered, each issue continues to promise something much, much worse right around the corner.
Sheltered #9 continues this nerve-wracking anticipation as, by the issue’s end, two of the series’ main storylines threaten to bring the attention of the outside world to the kids’ activities in the compound.
Harris Smith is a Brooklyn-based comics and media professional. In addition to his role as a Senior Production Coordinator at comiXology, he edits several comics anthologies, including Jeans and Felony Comics, under the banner of Negative Pleasure Publications. He’s also the host of the weekly radio show Negative Pleasure on Newtown Radio.
The men and women of Safe Haven have been preparing for any and all end-of-world scenarios for years. However, their bunkers, weapons, and training can’t save them from the one threat they never could have expected: their own children.
It’s Lord Of The Flies at the end of the world, and its also my pick for tonight’s #LateNightReads