By Brian Wood, Mack Chater, Lee Loughridge, Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT, Matthew Woodson
Briggs Land is about to feel the eyes of the American media and its government agencies, and Issac Briggs will be a large contributor to that.
I’ve fallen behind on Briggs Land, so I’m not up on everything thats happened prior to this issue. However, things are open and clear enough for new and lapsed readers to pick this up.
What starts out as a simple hiking trip for a man and his nephew turns into an accidental kidnapping when they find two other hikers trespassing on Briggs Land. Fearing that they’ll bring more government trouble upon their release, Issac and his nephew take the hikers back to Briggs Land to decide their fate. The flash forward at the beginning of the issue shows this will likely have dire consequences for the family and their territory.
Mack Chater is still the artist for this series, and his style feels much looser than in the previous volume. The line work is softer, the figures more relaxed in posture, and the colors are more subdued to go with it. It’s not a bad thing, just very noticeable. Seeing as how most of the plot took place in the wilderness, the art fits very well to the narrative.
This is a short issue, but one which works as a good introduction of both Briggs Land and Brian Wood’s style of writing. The characters don’t have the instant likability of the freedom fighters in Wood’s other politically leaning series Rebels, but it does offer an interesting insight into Secessionist groups and their thought processes, which is something that could be relevant come 2018. The issue has suspense, and puts the focus on regular old humans instead of the supernatural or fantastical. It’ll take a few more chapters to see where the plot is going, but for right now, its a promising start.
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