There’s an oddity in breaking from the trends, but there’s a prophecy in solidarity.
At its heart, No One’s Rose is about how we need each other. Specifically, how we need to maintain a healthy ecosystem for us all to succeed. While this book obfuscates itself in a great narrative, the message is socially potent. Truth be told, it’s a rare feat for a book to contain it all: actual ecological principles rooted in science, an engrossing new world, and a compelling narrative. These are all things difficult to balance for most writers, but Emily Horn and Zac Thompson are graceful in their execution.
Horn and Thompson solidify themselves in the science-fiction genre within their debut issue of this series. It manages to properly talk about our present-day crises, whilst hinting at a greater societal truth: solidarity. Amidst our current COVD-19 pandemic, classist issues have been more prevalent than ever. Tack on our issues with climate change, economic crises and selfishness, and this book rings as though it were Cassandra of Troy. It’s an engrossing narrative that maneuvers some great exposition that offers insight into our two protagonists.
The art from Alberto Alburquerque is one of the series’ many standouts. The designs alone are simply fantastic, but appear to have an Eastern aesthetic. There are such great designs in each panel that display a hopeful future amidst an apocalypse. The elements of certain portions of the narrative offer a lived-in experience. Everything is subtly explained through dynamic visuals that almost dance with the word balloons offering dialogue.
More so, the colors within this book are visually enticing. Raul Angulo inspires a hopeful color palette that manages to always have a visually distinct eye-catching form.
The beauty of this book is that it is brimming with hope for the future. Yes, it’s apocalyptic and disparate, but there is such a fervent change of approach in this book. It has an understanding of nature and life that purports the entire drama of this story. For a book that could have plummeted at any point, Thompson and Horn manage to soar with their narrative. The only true drawback is that it’s more necessary than we thought.