Comics Review – Rage: After the Impact

This 80 page TPB is a prelude to events in Rage, the new FPS title from legendary game studio id Software (Doom, Quake, Descent). Set in a not too distant future this tells the tale of Elizabeth Cadence, a scientist who awakes from cryogenic sleep following a great disaster to find the world has changed and yet at the same time, not changed at all.

Writer: Arvid Nelson
Penciller: Andrea Mutti
Inker: Pierluigi Baldassini
Colourist: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Covers: Stephan Martiniere, Glenn Fabry
Collects: Rage: After the Impact #1-3

I haven’t played the game so I’m not too sure how tightly coupled the stories are. In these 3 issues we’re shown the machinations of the senior military that left them in control of a ruined man-kind, courtesy of Asteroid 99942 AKA Apophis. The use of cryogenic arks has allowed scientists, engineers and military staff to survive, although the devastation of the impact was far greater than expect and the wasteland is populated by scavengers and mutants. Dr Cadence, a specialist in nano-technology, is tasked with providing the military some way of controlling the mutants and in exploring this she finds out that things aren’t quite what they seem.

If it sounds a little clichéd then I’m afraid that’s because it is. I found this to be a by-the-books prequel which lacks any surprises or real story-punch. I don’t know if it’s as vital to enjoying Rage as the rear cover claims but it doesn’t stand up well on its own. The lead character is interesting and ingenious but she seems a little one-dimensional, which is a pity as she’s the only character who’s given any real depth. I really thought Arvid Nelson would do better as I liked his Rex Mundi a lot.

The art in the book is okay, I particularly liked the colouring but the pencils at times lacked emotion with passive expressions in all but the most emotional panels. Glenn Fabry’s alternate covers/pinups are a nice highlight as you go through.

My main bugbear though is the finish…I won’t say ending as the book doesn’t actually end, it just stops. I’m sure this was meant as a hook into the plot of the game but it left me cold.

GS Rating: 2.5/5
Dry Slaps: 1 (for the finish)
GS Reviewer: Dave W

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