Sheltered is a pre-apocalypse tale set in America. A bunch of anti-government families have decided to get together and stock-pile food and weapons in preparation for “The End”. It is strongly suggested that you read the events of issue one in order to understand the current messy situation of Sheltered #2. We’ve read many “survival stories” before but none many as good as this.
Description: A PRE-APOCALYPTIC TALE OF SURVIVAL AT ANY COST.The men and women of Safe Haven have been preparing for any-and-all end of world scenarios for years. However, their bunkers, weapons and training can’t save them from the one threat they never could have expected: Their own children.
All major character developments took place in issue #1 and, unfortunately, we do not get to see much more development in issue #2, after Lucas turns Safe Haven upside down and assumes control. It would have been nice to see why he did it and what led him to this type of behaviour. Instead the majority of the book focuses on characters Victoria and Hailey and how they deal with their unexpected losses. The dialogue is minimalistic, but this helps the reader to feel the untimeliness of the events that took place. Whilst Lucas is sly and cunning, Brisson shows us that Victoria can hold her own in a tough situation. She is the only character that is really given the opportunity to reveal a little bit more about her character.
Christmas’ art is really a gift (yes I said it). He really manages to capture expression and the fleeting nature of situations. Everything feels believable and you can feel the desperation of the residents of Safe Haven. The proportions of characters also remain great throughout this issue even as they are placed in different actions and stances. Chankamma’s constant juxtaposition of light and dark colours and frames really give this tale a dark feel. Accompanied by the non-cartoon like drawings of Christmas, the art places emphasis that this is a tale that ties in with the apocalypse.
While the events of Sheltered #2 are not as dramatic and engrossing as the events of issue #1, you cannot help but feel that something amazing is hidden just around the corner. Sheltered is one of those little gems hidden amongst the surplus of mainstream titles. Do yourself a favour and grab both issues that have been released thus far. This title is definitely a promising one that could go as big as Image’s The Walking Dead – if it is played out in the correct fashion.