(Click To View The Full Image In Another Window.)Modify your Fallout 4 game with monsters from Skyrim, and you might have something very much like the world of The Realm. Of course the idea of a magically-facilitated apocalypse is hardly original. S.M. Stirling explored similar ideas in his Emberverse series. And who could forget the movie Reign of Fire, in which the return of dragons heralds the end of humanity’s dominance of The Earth? Thankfully, The Realm #1 suggests a far bigger world than is apparent at a casual glance. Writer Seth M. Peck does a masterful job of defining and expanding the setting by showing it to us rather than having the characters tell each other things about the world around them that they logically should already know. Indeed, the dialogue is smooth and natural, with even the so-called kings of the wasteland sounding like real people rather than characters in a story. What truly makes The Realm stand out among other dystopian fantasy stories, however, is its protagonist. Will Nolan is a man of war and a pragmatist, but he hasn’t allowed Armageddon to dull his sense of what is right. There is something about Will that grabs the reader’s attention immediately, making him into a likeable and sympathetic figure. The artwork by Jeremy Haun matches Seth M. Peck’s script in complexity and fluidity. There is a remarkable paradox at play in Haun’s work, which portrays the grittiness of the end of the world with a unique sense of clarity. The line work is clean, yet subtly suggests the decay and dinginess of the setting. The color art by Nick Filardi helps to complete the illusion. The Realm #1 might not be the most unique idea for a fantasy or post-apocalyptic comic ever but it is certainly one of the most well-executed books to grace the genre. Seth M. Peck, Jeremy Haun and Nick Fildari have created something truly magical and a wise reader will hire on with Will Nolan to take this journey now. 10/10
Written by The Critic The Internet Deserves, but not the one it needs right now…. Matt Morrison. He’s a smart-ass guardian. A sarcastic protector. A Snark Knight.