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Spread #1
Written by Justin Jordan
Art by Kyle Strahm
Colors by Felipe Sobreiro
Letters by Crank!
Covers by Kyle Strahm and Felipe Sobreiro
Image Comics
Release Date: July 9, 2014
Cover Price: $3.50 (Digital $2.99)

A new plague has spread across the world, except this plague is less Avian Flu and more Lovecraftian horror. This plague is up a big, red monster with many tentacles and even more mouths. When it kills you, you don’t stay dead. You aren’t a standard Romero-style zombie, either. Your eyes grow mouths, and your mouth grows tentacles. Nary a panel is left blood-free in Spread #1, a new post-apocalyptic tale by writer Justin Jordan and illustrator Kyle Strahm.

The first issue tells the story of No, a man who is immune to the Spread. Immune from infection, that is. Those who are already infected are still able to kill him, however, with their eye-mouths, tentacles, etc. Of course, the red monster isn’t the only thing dangerous in the world. There are also Raiders who like to steal things and kill people.

No finds himself crossing paths with a woman who has been shot and left for dead by Raiders who stole an infant from her. The infant is Hope, both in name and destiny, because of a special ability she has against the Spread. The story is narrated, past-tense, from the infant’s perspective so we know she eventually grows up. But how? What is the Spread? Who is No?

Spread #1 sets up some interesting questions for future stories, but this issue felt lacking. The premise is interesting, it’s a unique spin on the apocalypse and zombie tale, but by the end, I wasn’t fully invested in the character’s story. The Spread is an interesting concept for a plague, and I’m more curious about where it came from right now than I am No, or Hope, or the Raiders. Maybe seeing how far the Spread has, well, spread, might give Hope’s ability more weight. As it sits, I really have no idea how many people she’s going to help.

Spread has a lot of room to work and the premise is interesting. I think many unique stories will come out of this title. However, this first issue left me too far out of the loop to connect with the characters introduced so far.

Spread #1 cover by Kyle Strahm and Felipe Sobriero

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