BOOM! Studios new sci-fi thriller Broken World left a mark on me when I read the first issue last month. Written by Frank J. Barbiere, with art by Christopher Peterson, Broken World #2 arrived this week. With the world falling apart around her, Elena Marlowe finds one of the government-issued suicide kits and is torn between ending her life and fighting for one last chance to reconnect with her family. Throughout the issue we get to experience two paths with Elena. One path which takes place three months after the predicted impact, and the other which takes place five days after the predicted impact. Now, obviously the struggle to decide whether or not to use the suicide kit is the event that takes place five days after the impact. Even though you see that at the beginning of the issue and are able to realize that she didn't choose that, the flashbacks provide a very emotional look at her character.
With Elena being away from her family, it's easy to see how a person would want to give up. The way the government runs things in this book makes it pretty impossible to have hope. Yet we still meet characters like David and Emma who are fighting to stay alive no matter what. Being students of Elena, David offers to help her and brings her back home to his house to be with Emma. I really enjoyed that combination of characters.
When we think of teachers/professors, we often think of them as the people that will help us, but in this case Elena needs her students just as much as they need her. Frank Barbiere's script is incredibly well-written with just enough action and suspense to keep you glued to the page. Christopher Peterson's art has a smooth realistic feel to it that brings the intensity of these situations to life. Overall I think this comic is just going to keep getting better and better. Don't miss out. Be sure to pick up Broken World #2 today.
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.