We always knew technology would change and shape the world. What we didn’t know is that humanity wouldn’t be around to see it. A thousand years into the future, mankind has gone extinct. The only person who can bring it back is the same man whose technology is responsible for its end.
Series creators Arash Amel, Lee Krieger and Joseph Oxford bring us an epic sci-fi story called Origins. Written by Clay McLeod Chapman with art from Jakub Rebelka, the story kicks off with a guy named David Adams, the last human on earth who has been given a second chance to embark on a mission to correct his biggest mistake. It’s a chance to look at the human experience to see if we learn from our mistakes or make them worse. Either way, the fate of the world depends on one man.
Origins #1 feels like The Terminator, I Am Legend, and Into the Badlands all rolled in one. It’s a fantastic journey into the unknown that takes its time revealing to the reader just what is going on. From the moment you flip the cover and see the splash panel of the Statue of Liberty covered in fungus, you know this is going to be something interesting. The panel makes such a powerful statement to establish right away that this is not the America you’ve come to know and love.
Aside from that, Chapman keeps the dialogue minimal, allowing ample time to appreciate Rebelka’s inventive illustrations. His art takes us from high-angle city streets to subway cars filled with grass and rotting corpses. Again, the writing and artwork beautifully reiterate to the reader that humanity is dead. There’s a small teaser in terms of the dangers that await David in the form of strawberries, but no big baddies in this issue.
The book does get a little confusing the first go-round, so reading it a second or third time is worth your while to get the full effect. It definitely will give you a mixed bag of emotions by the time you get to the ending. You’ll be confused, excited, and have a ton of questions, but most importantly you’ll be truly engaged in the story. Originally, this book was supposed to be released in full as a graphic novel. After reading the first issue, BOOM! Studios made an excellent decision in releasing it in single issues.
Origins #1 sets the stage for the battle to rebuild humanity. It’s mysterious, fun, and the world-building feels like we haven’t even scratched the surface of what’s to come. It’s a great sci-fi tale with a lot of potential.
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