Matthew Rucker – @MonumentousMatt
In an arctic post-rapture apocalypse, where the last remaining humans can do nothing but hide to survive, one person discovers the key to fighting back against the denizens of heaven and hell.
There is as much, if not more power in silence than anything else. Too often it is what is NOT said that truly reveals. In DIES IRAE we are given an entirely silent comic and it works very well. In this post-rapture world the remaining humans must hide in order to survive. Taking the truth of their existence (silence isn’t just golden, but a matter of survival) and mirroring it in the structural presentation of the book helps create not only a unique atmosphere, but an effective device that allows the circumstances to do all the talking. The narrative and characters present themselves rather than literally being relayed to us. For me, it works in spades.
Despite being very obviously religiously undertoned, much of the book is left for the reader to make of it what they will. This is fine because they synopsis for the book gives what we need to make our own inferences: “In an arctic post-rapture apocalypse, where the last remaining humans can do nothing but hide to survive, one person discovers the key to fighting back against the denizens of heaven and hell.” From that we can glean what we need in order to follow along, get invested, and make heads/tails of it all. What is especially remarkable about the book is just how much story is told without a single word or sound effect being used. Color and background visuals fill and speak quite a bit if the reader takes the time to fully digest each page. Design choices and presentation of characters also lends to the who, what, and intent we’d otherwise be given in a non-silent book.
What Rucker pulls off in this book is just fantastic. A post rapture apocalyptic world sees its last inhabitants facing their impending doom. A virtuous individual with the help of a “third-eye” seeks to ward of what is apparently the extinction of the human race. Up against both Heaven and Hell we’re given a tale that should reek of desperation but doesn’t. It is almost hopeful. There’s clearly more to this and the stoic hero of the tale (who has a surprise reveal by the way) faces each moment that could possibly be the end, in grand fashion.
Take the time to nab a read of this one folks: https://www.comixology.com/DIES-IRAE-1/digital-comic/845122
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