The Bunker #1 (Oni)


Rating: 4.5/5 – Fialkov sure knows how to set up a story!
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

I originally picked this series up in “digital first” format off Comixology in October 2013 when Fialkov was publishing 10-page episodes for 99 cents (the same format DC uses digitally for Injustice: Gods Among Us and several other series).  I’m a big Fialkov fan so I bit the bullet and read it digitally even though my preferred format is still having a physical comic in my hands.  When I heard he had landed a deal with Oni Press to bring the comic to print I was VERY happy.

This is both a pre- and post-apocalyptic story thanks to the storytelling technique Fialkov employs.  Five friends find a mysterious bunker in the woods while planning to bury a time capsule.  The weird thing is that it has 4 of their names written on the hatch!  Inside are letters, written in their own handwriting – apparently from their future selves, describing a future they’d do almost anything to prevent from happening.

Joe Infurnari’s art is a perfect match for this story, precise enough to convey the story with precision but rough around the edges which lends a nice quality and conveys the dark mood necessary for this story to work.

I don’t want to give away any details of the story beyond what I mention above since there are some very cool reveals in this first issue, but suffice to say that I’m on board for this series.  Bunker #1 does the job of a #1 issue perfectly; it sets up the world, introduces the main players, and leave me wanting to read more.  I re-read this again since it’s been 4 months since my first read through and I enjoyed it just as much the second time.  I’m looking forward to finally seeing  where Josh & Joe take us in #2.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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