Comic Review: The Tomorrows #1

The Tomorrows #1
Written by Curt Pires
Illustrated by Jason Copland
Colored by Adam Metcalfe
Lettered by Colin Bell
Cover by Jason Copland
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: July 8, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99

The future may seem bleak, but tomorrow is a new day. In The Tomorrows #1, the creative team of Curt Pires, Jason Copland, and Adam Metcalfe present an Earth in the vein of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451; a world stifled by fear; a world in need of heroes.

A network of major corporations rule the world and control society’s emotions by outlawing creativity. Art is an offense worthy of incarceration, or worse. A group of “artistic terrorists” known as the Tomorrows used to fight these corporations, trying to bring the world back to its foundation of freedom; however, many of the Tomorrows have perished. Now, as the heroes begin to rebuild — starting with a troubled artist named Zoe — the corporations hunt them down by use of terribly intimate means.

While The Tomorrows #1 isn’t the most original debut for a comic book series, it is still worth reading. If a classic theme is reimagined in an enthralling and entertaining way, I’m all for it, and this comic is just that: a captivating take on an established motif. But what really drives the story along in an exciting fashion is excellent characterization. For a first issue — and just 29 pages into the series — I’m already invested in the lives the main characters; I already feel for them when they are down and rejoice with them when they stick it to the man!

When I started reading The Tomorrows #1, I couldn’t help but think of Andy Warhol and his pop art movement. As I read on, a smile emblazoned itself on my face when I realized that the Tomorrow’s supercomputer is named Warhol, is made in the likeness of Andy Warhol, and even speaks like Andy Warhol. The vivid colors and traditional comic book style drawings blend together with the dark, futuristic world to burst off of the page in a genuinely superb way.

Is The Tomorrows the most unique comic out there? No. But it is a really fun take on an old idea, and it has a whole lot of promise. I would definitely recommend picking up the first issue today. Don’t wait until tomorrow.

1 Comment »

  1. I agree with you that this isn’t the most unique comic out there, but I enjoyed myself flipping through the pages. It’ll be interesting to see how the rest of the series holds up.

    Comment by Goob Saibot — July 15, 2015 @ 10:55 am

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