Can a troop of Junior Braves survive the zombie apocalypse?
Perhaps the most important question that the graphic novel Junior Braves of the Apocalypse asks, whether intended or not, is which is worse – zombies or people? The resulting answer may be repulsive and unexpected because clearly when the zombie apocalypse comes, it is easy to know what the zombies are going to do. Unfortunately, given free rein in the new world order, people are unpredictable and may not be the best option when faced with the choice between facing the shambling hordes or dealing with those who are supposed to have higher brain functions.
Of course, in order to delve in the depths of man’s inhumanity to man, a graphic novel needs to deliver tension, style and realistic dialogue in a surrealistic world. Junior Braves delivers in spades. When Troop 65 finds out that their hometown has been overrun while they were on a camping trip, the Braves look to find their parents. They run into a slew of unsavory characters on the way.
Fortunately, a brave is brave, and the Troop doesn’t give up as they face odds that would frighten lesser children. Junior Braves of the Apocalypse offers a good read with panels that bring seemingly meaningless details to the forefront later in the novel. The tension can be felt through the drawings, words and situations. While it may not keep you awake at nights, it may cause you to ponder the greater issues facing humankind and what you can do to make things better. No word on if there’s a patch for that…
This article was originally published at examiner.com. Links updated August 2016.
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