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The Kapital stumbles upon a newly declared sovereign nation—a community of hundreds living on oil platforms with dreams of forming a new utopia. With the world’s governments and economies in shambles in the post-Crash world, is this new “country” the hope for the future that Callum Israel and Ninth Wave are looking for? Or is it the divisive issue that’ll bring his crew to their breaking point?

* The beginning of a new arc!

* From New York Times bestselling author Brian Wood.

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Garry Brown
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: J.P. Leon

Price: $3.50
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 3.1%


theWAC112/15/12NoRead Review
Avg Rating: 4.4
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  1. So how awesome is this book? I love Brian Wood but I’ve yet to check this one out. Thoughts?

    • It was off to an uncertain start, but after issue three the stage was set for the most part, and I’ve liked each issue more than the last. Wood has thought up an intriguing premise, and I’m excited to learn more about each of the characters he has introduced. Plus, in my opinion, the art is spot on. Between the JPL covers, and Garry Brown’s interiors, the established aesthetic is really cool, and perfectly suited for style of story being told. Well, that’s my two cents.

    • Agreed. This comic requires more work than most, and while I’m almost tempted to say it would read better in trade, these covers are too good to pass up. Quite unlike anything else right now.

    • Get it. Pretty much the best no-super-powers no-magic no-super-science adventure comic on the rack.

    • As much as I loved the art in the first arc, the story was incredibly slow but ever since #4 it’s just grown strength to strength, definitely worth getting!

    • I agree with everythings been said. It had a bit of a slow start but getting better with every issue. If you liked DMZ you will probably enjoy the hell out of the massive.

    • It is very awesome. It’s an enjoyable read, and so far each issue could stand on its own, within a three issue arc (so far there have been two 3 issue arcs), or within a 30+ year history as we learn the characters and about the crash. For $3.50 I get what feels like $8 worth of reading and art (photos, history, geography). You can even check Google Earth for the lat/long that is given for a location and its spot on. It’s a very smart book with good, suspenseful action,and I can’t say enough about it.

    • Very good and not like anything else on the stand. Love Brian Wood so I might be biased on this. Can’t wait to watch this grow. Wood’s evolution as a comic’s writer has been awesome.

  2. STRONG Recommendation. Nothing like it being published. As noted above, you get a very satisfying amount of “content”- art, collateral material, plot — for your $3.50. I love it, especially since Brown came on for art.

    • That’s a good point about the added value of the back up content. I probably spend at least half an hour or longer reading The Massive from cover to cover.

      The first 3 issues were slow, but this book has gotten better and better with each issue since then. I’m really glad I stayed with it and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for something different from mainstream superhero stuff.

    • Yeah, I’ll agree with everything above too. Reading an issue of this title feels like a complete experience & well worth the $3.50, without feeling too dense or heavy. I love that Wood’s been scaling back to 3-issue arcs here & with Conan too. It kinda makes comics fun again, in a way that they’d lost a little; a little more lighthearted in a way… or something.

      The tone of the writing & the art fit so tight together now. I am absolutely loving this book.

  3. One of my top five on the stands right now. It seemed overtly political at first, but now I’m comparing it to The Walking Dead. They are both morality tales, with characters learning how to survive in a changed world.

    • “…morality tales, with characters learning how to survive in a changed world.” — That’s a really interesting comparison, & when you explain it like that, yeah, it really kinda is.

      For me, this feels like what Indiana Jones should be in a modern sensibility. And I’ve wanted a 21st-century Indiana Jones for a really, really long time.

  4. Another great issue from one of the best series to come out this year & my POTW hands down!

  5. I need an atlas out when I read this book, and that’s a good thing.

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