By Andrew MacLean
Andrew MacLean’s new graphic novel ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times takes a familiar setting and revives it with fresh energy. The story centers on a woman named Aria, who lives in the ruins of a large city. The advanced civilization which built it is gone, decimated by their violent greed. They squandered every second chance until all that remains is desolation. Now primitive tribes (The Blue Stripes and Grey Beards) continue their legacy not by rebuilding society but by savagely fighting over what habitable land remains. “The life of man [when at war is] solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short” declared Thomas Hobbes over 350 years ago. At times, MacLean’s book does little to debunk Hobbes’ pessimism.
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