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SCHOOL OF BITCHES: GENESIS – VIRTUES CHRONICLES 1 & 2 by G-Man

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School of Bitches has probably the best name for a publisher in the world and this Cardiff-based collective group of writers & artists have been brought together to work on Alan Stealth’s Genesis.

Genesis is a hard one to explain but this is early on in what will be Alan’s story of epic proportions  (Virtues Chronicles is the first of MANY chapters) and while these first two parts give a mere glimpse of what’s to come…..that glimpse is more than enough to grab your attention and draw you in.  Opening in Papa Nui in the year 2044 and in a fairly basic campsite where the residents are gathering to hear stories of the past…..something that doesn’t get explained but acts as a route to the story of James and him regaining consciousness in a world different from what he was expecting.  Dazed, confused and in surroundings he only half-remembers – he sets out to find his friend Sam in what looks to be the remnants of a building he knows.

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Sure enough he finds Sam in much the same state as he was and making their way outside they find themselves in the remains of Gloucester among what looks to be the aftermath of something big but the details are sketchy.  There’s some other survivors, there’s some police that somehow turn out to be terrorists and there are some casualties along the way but over the course of the two issues there’s no firm detail on what has happened or even who the characters are but this somehow all works.

The artwork is gritty and builds the mystery and terror of the unknown as well as the relief and closeness of familiar friends as the only link to a life that seems to exist in a vague, blurred memory.  While we may not know much after reading these first two parts there is still something here a hook to grab us and make us countdown the days until the next part comes out much like a TV series that drip feeds a story to us and gives us enough hints to drive us nuts with the possibilities rattling around our heads.

This won’t be for everyone as you’ve got to commit to this for the long haul but the groundwork here sets the tone for a story that has a true potential to reward those that stick with it.  I’m IN!!

Issue #3 is due for release on the 11th August 2014 with more info over on their website or their facebook page

8/10

G-Man


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