Writer: Zack Kaplan
Artist: Piotry Kowalski
Colorist: Brad Simpson
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
As someone that only ever really reads Marvel and DC comics, I wasn’t too sure on how I would feel about Join The Future. Set in a dystopian future, the book does a great job in showcasing the difference between the highly advanced, seemingly perfect utopia like city the book is named after, and the small town of Franklin who have turned their back on technology and are extremely reluctant when it comes to using it. The book does a great job blending Sci-fi with Western, creating quite a unique atmosphere. The first issue also introduces us to our main character, a teenager named Clementine. Kaplan does a great job in portraying ‘Clem’ as a strong willed teenager who will stand up for what she believes in and has a clear moral compass. She’s easy to root for and at the center of most stories, that’s the most important thing.
I love the job Zack Kaplan has done in creating this unique world and it’s got the potential for some really interesting and diverse stories going forward. Although it hasn’t been shown directly, I enjoyed the implication of sinister undertones within this highly advanced ‘haven’. The first issue definitely exceeded my expectations, it wasted no time in getting straight to the story and the art was gorgeous. The mix of scenery between the old western like town, Franklin and the futuristic city, create an incredible contrast and I think they mash up well. It creates the opportunity for some truly stunning art work and I can’t wait to see what part of this world we get to see next.
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised with the book and in my opinion, Join The Future has the potential to be the next great Indie comic and I highly recommend it to anyone who’s looking for something different to read. I’ll definitely be picking up #2 when it’s out, especially after THAT ending!