In a post-war, post-crash, post-disaster, post-everything world, the environmental-action trawler Kapital scours the earth’s oceans for its mysteriously missing sistership, The Massive. Captain Callum Israel, a man who has dedicated his life to the ocean, now must ask himself—as our planet dies—what it means to be an environmentalist after the world’s ended. Callum and his crew will come up against pirates, rebels, murderers, and thieves as they struggle to remain noble toward their cause. Can you save a planet that’s already doomed?

* The perfect follow-up to Wood’s DMZ!

The Massive is a book to keep an eye on in 2012.” —IGN

At the end of the world, the story begins.

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Kristian Donaldson
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Brian Wood & Kristian Donaldson

Price: $3.50
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 3.7%


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  1. Can’t wait to pick this up, looks real good.

  2. Really glad to see something new from Brian Wood. One of my favourite writers.

  3. This looks on track to get a lot of pulls. It piqued my interested and caused me to look up Brian Wood on Wikipedia.

    Damn, the plot of DMZ sounds stupid as hell. CONSERVATIVES revolt against pre-emptive war? The borderline in this conservative on establishment civil war is between New York and New Jersey, two massively safe blue states? Not Oregon and Idaho or something?

    • I haven’t caught up to the ending of DMZ just yet, but from what I’ve read, the book is never explicit about the political leanings of either side of the war that created the DMZ.

      And even if it is like what you describe, that’s not really the plot of the book. What I read was about Matty Roth and how he learns to survive, navigate and even thrive in that particular post-war environment, dealing with the media, militia, large corporations, radical political groups and ordinary folks.

    • Sure, and the plot of all other comics make complete sense too? A guy who turns into a green monster? A blind lawyer who fights crime? Etc. It doesn’t have to make sense, its a comic book. Its fiction. We read comics to take ourselves away from reality for awhile.

    • The two sides in DMZ are never defined as red/blue, conservative/otherwise. And the civil war is country-wide, the focus of DMZ is Manhattan, which is a no-man’s land. Looks like you got some bad info (from wikipedia, what a shocker)

    • @Osyris: The situations the characters are put in can be unrealistic but the way the characters themselves confront those situations has to be at least somewhat realistic and logical. No one has a problem with the gigantic space eagle made of fire in AvX. They have a problem with the X-Men wanting to be attacked by the giant space eagle made of fire for no apparent reason.

      @north72: 1) The rebellion against the government is started by militiamen in Montana. They call their country the Free States of America. They’re right-wingers. Even if it’s never explicitly stated, you’d have to be pretty dumb to miss it. 2) I know. My point was that if there was a civil war between conservatives and liberals or between conservatives and ultra-conservatives, New York and New Jersey would both be deep inside the borders of the least conservative faction. They wouldn’t be anywhere near the battleground. 3. Wikipedia is correct 99% of the time. Your Wiki bashing is completely unjustified.

    • @WilliupsBrighton: It makes sense in the context of the book, if not a third party summary of the book.

    • @willupsbrighton-the other option is that you could actually read the series before you start lecturing all of us (who have read and enjoyed it) on what it was about…cause thats just weak. Its definitely not about Red vs Blue. All of the sides turn into the exact same monster the more that civility collapses and as the stakes rise.

      personally i loved the series. great comic booking.

    • I’ve heard Wood state specifically that the Free States are not right-wingers. Also that this is not a war in conventional terms where two sides line up and point guns across a battlefield (that would be the FIRST civil war, ha). Manhattan is a choice piece of real estate, and so its land both sides fight over. The city or the states around it are not defined by red vs blue. The WAR is not defined by red vs blue or conservative vs liberals or whatever. The lines are blurrier. If anything its citizenry vs. a bloated, neglectful government. We’ve seen that from both sides of the divide, both with the Tea Party vs Washington and Occupy vs. Washington.

      Go ask Wood directly instead of relying on what strangers post on wikipedia. The most recent issue wiki covers is #29, and that’s not even half the series. It’s not a complete entry.

    • DMZ is not at all about red vs. blue or liberal vs. conservative, but I thought it was very clear that the Free States Army was made up of conservative individuals who were rebelling against a bloated and neglectful government. But really it doesn’t matter. DMZ is a complex character study set in an amazingly deep and interesting world. I didn’t always love it when reading it in issues but I LOVED DMZ. It got me back into reading comics years ago after not reading comics for over a decade. In short…it’s just great.

    • @WillupsBrighton Yup you’re right. It’s completely stupid. The people who bought it and enjoyed it enough to keep it going to 72 issues were just too stupid to know that it’s stupid. Now that you’ve pointed it out I can now see how stupid it was and how stupid I was for liking something stupid. Thank goodness you read that wikipedia article, otherwise you wouldn’t have been able to tell all the people who actually read it that it’s stupid.

    • I just read the first trade and the whole book felt stupid to me, almost as bad as Wolverine and the X-men, A & O. I’m on the fence when it comes to the writer, I loved Northlander and I’m enjoying Conan too.

  4. Gonna give this a go, it does sound appealing regardless of the writing(Brian Wood) I am more interested in the subject matter.

  5. I have been looking forward to this book for a long time. Following Wood on Twitter (and etc.), I get the impression that he’s put a lot of time and research into the world-building aspects of this book, which excites me. I’m ready to dive in.

    From the previews, and the DHP stuff, the art looks great too. Not terribly familiar with Donaldson, except the fill-in stuff I’ve seen from DMZ. Crisp, clean, and hyper-technical buildings/machinery, but he still retains a slight “cartoony” feel as well.

    Wish I had an advance copy so I could read it today!

  6. Thinking this is on track to get POTW. Would be nice to see Brian Wood and Dark Horse take that honor this go ’round.

  7. I haven’t been able to get into Brian Wood. I liked the first Demo but Demo 2 and DMZ didn’t resonate with me. This looks extremely interesting though so I may give it a try. Anyone read Northlanders? How was that?

    • Northlanders is awesome, but it sounds like you just might not be into Brian Wood. I’d check the Dark Horse app and see if the prequel stories for The Massive are still available. That should help you decide.

    • I didn’t think much of DMZ either nor Northlanders, just some stories don’t work & not every writer will get it right for you & then do something you can truly love, it’s happened to me many times!

    • In issues Wood can be hit or miss but overall he’s one of my top five favorite writers. When he’s on on a series or mini he’s great.

    • DV8: God and Monsters was one of the best minis I’ve read in the last few years.

    • I actually thought that was one of Woods weakest books. It’s funny how people like te same writer but disagree vastly on their works.

    • I tried The Massive (after reading a preview) and loved it. I’m definitely on board for now. Thanks everyone for their opinions.

  8. i’m looking forward to this….from what i’ve seen so far, looks like a great time.

  9. This is my most anticipated book this week. Northlanders and DMZ are fantastic and so is his Wood’s Conan stuff. If the DHP prequels are any indication, this book will be another favourite.

  10. So glad to see this getting so much anticipation & attention. Wood really seems to be re-invigorated lately.

  11. Is there any other place to get a sneak peek other than the Dark Horse app?

    • There’s previews all over the web. Do a google seach like “brian wood the massive preview” and your cup will runneth over.

  12. I’m excited for this. I have never read a Brian Wood book before.

  13. I want the Grampa variant cover…

  14. Does anyone know if there’s been any talk of publishing the 3 DHP stories as a single issue (like a #0 or something)? Would love to be able to bag it together with the rest of this series.

  15. I kind of wish this had been a double-sized issue. I didn’t get enough about either the characters or the story to really know if I even liked it or not. As a first issue, it felt kind of slight. Still an interesting premise though, and I’ve certainly heard a lot of great things about Brian Wood’s other comics, so I may come back for #2 and see if I can get a better idea of what this series will become.

  16. Pretty cool start. The history stuff was cool.really set the stage. I’m interested to see where it goes.

  17. Solid start.

  18. Just got back from my LCS, they were sold out 🙁 This sucks, as it was one of the books I was looking forward to most this week. Does anyone know if it’s available digitally anywhere?

  19. Which DHP issues had the back stories?

  20. Picked this up on a whim, did not really grab me during the DHP issues but wanted to give it another go.Very well put together but so far not for me really, seemed like a prototype for a TV series than a comic if I’m honest.

  21. Totally gutted I didn’t really like this. I felt it was really hard to get into and just… meh.

  22. Is this an ongoing? Thrown off by the “part one of three”

  23. This was easily my POTW and may be my favorite new comic series this year if the following issues are this good. I love when a great comic has me doing research and has me thinking long after I’ve read it.

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