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Friday, March 16, 2018
NIOURK by Stefan Wul and Oliver Vatine
Published in February of 2018 by Dark Horse Originals.
Set in the future, the Earth's ecosystem has been severely damaged by mankind. Very few people have survived the collapse of civilization and those that have live in a Stone Age society.
A shunned member of a tribal band acts out of desperate need to be accepted by the only group of humans he knows. Known as The Dark Child, he accidentally discovers some of the truth as to what happened and leads his people towards the ruined city of Niourk (New York) in search of better hunting. This is a long trip considering that they started in the dried out basin of what used to be the Caribbean Sea.
Along the way, he discovers more and more of the truth and soon becomes something more than he ever could have imagined...
Niourk is a beautifully illustrated book. The story itself has three main plot lines that show promise. Sadly, none of them are followed through with and the story goes into a disappointingly ridiculous direction. It felt like the author couldn't figure out what to do so he just finished it up with an idea out of left field just to finish it.
I rate this book 3 stars out of 5. The first 75% of the story is quite intriguing and the illustrations by Oliver Vatine are first-rate.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: NIOURK by Stefan Wul and Oliver Vatine.
Note: I received a free copy of this graphic novel through the Amazon Vine program in order to write an honest review.