The most recent series by writer Zack Kaplan was released a little bit earlier this year. The trade for the first five issues is coming out in January, but Aftershock Comics has made the first issue available online to whet your appetite!
The cover features the protagonists standing on subway tracks with a blue light at the end of the tunnel. The subway looks dingy and gross, much like a subway tunnel would look, and has emergency lights on the sides. The blue light at the end of the tunnel teases an adventure into the unknown.
The art is by Alvaro Sarraseca, and does a good job of creating an interesting mood. Much of the book takes place in New York City, with only the beginning taking place in deep below Manhattan. The art captures a cityscape well, though no real landmarks are apparent. Instead the focus is on how the characters are feeling and interacting, and the body language is very well captured. It’s a good-looking book, and with the Atlantean tease in the first few pages the potential for what the rest of the series is going to be is limitless.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Zack Kaplan can write a Sci-Fi comic. Port of Earth and Eclipse are excellent, and the first issue of Lost City Explorers doesn’t disappoint. The setup is incredibly well done, and the accident at the beginning catches the attention of the reader. Fast forward to Dan’s funeral after he disappears in the opening accident, and we are introduced to his children, who now have to cope with losing their father. After the funeral one of the team of researchers from the beginning tips them off that something more is afoot, and the issue ends with them about to undertake the search for their father, and by extension, Atlantis.
The book has a neat premise, namely that the lost city of Atlantis is not in the Mediterranean, but once stood on Manhattan Island. After hundreds or thousands of years the city was built over, submerged, and lost. Only now does a new team stumble upon it. Though the issue has a slower start, the exposition provided makes for a more complete tale, and has laid excellent groundwork for the next issue. But don’t just take my word for it, follow the link in the first paragraph and give it a read for yourself!