Publisher: Titan Comics
Written by: Victor Gischler
Artwork by: Tazio Bettin
Review: Kate @ All That Geek.
Southern Louisiana, 82 years after the Fall. The apocalypse has come and gone, leaving behind a withered, ravaged landscape of wreckage and mutant crawfish. Still, you gotta laugh, and Sally does, often using her beloved shotgun, Bertha, as the punchline!
Inspired more by lust than common sense, and by a teenage desire to protect Tommy, the object of her desires, Sally leaves her bar job and joins the deranged crew of the Mississippi Duchess on a mission into the remains of New Orleans.
Saving the remains of civilisation plays second best to keeping her sweetheart safe as our smart and sexy princess of the wild frontier runs a gauntlet of gigantic genetic freaks and roving gangs of blood-hungry barbarians!
I expected Sally of the Wasteland to be far from my tastes of reading material – given that the style of the comic which was not overly appealing to me. With gratuitous nudity and scantily-clad women drawn in unrealistic proportions, I wasn’t expecting a lot, but this comic surprised me.
Underneath it all that is a great story with the right amount of mystery, violence,
monsters and humour. Its adult humour and it’s fairly dark, so it wont be to everyone’s tastes and the violence is also graphic and bloody.
In the first two issues we meet Sally, the title character who is a smart tough-as-nails girl with a shotgun named Bertha (and just this side of batshit crazy at times). She joins a crew heading to New Orleans on a business proposition from a mysterious woman who literally falls into the saloon where Sally works. Sally is on the adventure not because she really wants to be, but because she wants to protect her crush Tommy who volunteered to go on the mission also.
After powering through issue #1 and #2, where we’re taken on a high-seas adventure in a post-apocalyptic world with mutant crayfish and pirates, I was eager for issue #3.
The third installment sees the crew carefully navigating down the river littered with
wreckages of boats and buildings. Its a creepy graveyard which continues to set the
scene for a bleak looking post-apocalyptic landscape. When their boat suddenly gets stuck, the crew are set upon by a gruesome group of mutant cannibals. The body count is high and bloody and the siege is given some awesome action packed sequences.
As Sally makes her escape with whats left of the crew, they find themselves inside the eerie remains of a building which is glowing green. They’re attacked by yet another aquatic-themed mutant (with tentacles!) and somehow Sally finds herself in a mysterious dream-sequence with Tommy.
While issue three felt a bit slower than the first two, it was still an extremely
enjoyable read. Sally is a wonderful strong, smart character who switches between bad-ass and girly-girl with humour and ease.
The artwork has a great feel to it and is wonderfully detailed. The characters are drawn consistently and each is an individual. Though as I mentioned, the woman are given more attention than the men, with some interesting proportions too.
So, will this band of misfits survive to face another crawgator? I’m pretty sure Sally
will, but the fate of the rest of the crew will be left up in the air until issue #4,
which personally, I cant wait to read.
Purchase issues 1 & 2 to catch up!
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