First issue of acclaimed sci-fi comic The Bunker, free on Boing Boing

Newly released on Oni Press, The Bunker by Joshua Fialkov and Joe Infurnari is a graphic novel about a group of five friends who discover a mysterious metal bunker from the future that contains proof that they will cause the apocalypse.

Buy the The Bunker graphic novel (which has issues 1-4 of the comic book) from Amazon, and read the first issue in its entirety below. (Some pages NSFW)

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The Bunker graphic novel

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  1. I like it, but the idea of mankind being exterminated by GMO pollen is pretty thin. They make a plant virus that also kills people? It's like the Transformers movie where the cube can transform an ordinary Nokia phone into a tiny killing machine. I guess it's no worse than the X-Men somehow having genes for teleportation and flying, except it's political and contrived, like someone discovered the gene for communism Or maybe someone creates a virus that turns everyone into Austin-Healey mechanics, and the world ends. You have to be willing to buy into the premise for it to work, and there's certainly a niche market for people that think GMO plants are an apocalyptic threat. It does raise the possibility of future plot holes.

    I have a suspicion that the key scene where they try to save the world will be where the Scooby-Do gang tries to thwart the evil scientists by trashing a laboratory.

    Anyway, that's an interesting mixture, because on the one hand it's an arbitrary end of the world action movie premise mixed with the time travel paradox genre, which has to pay a lot more attention to continuity.

    See also tvtropes for the various flavors of time loops involved in traveling back to change one's own fate:
    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/StableTimeLoop

  2. arghghdkflgkslgsklggl'! I gotta know what happens!

  3. You know what? This thing looks fantastic. Well written, good artist, nice concept, but no, I refuse. The TV show "Lost" burned me so badly on the "convoluted-many-character-what-the-hell-is-going-on" type of story that, even if they don't pull the same sorts of shenanigans, all the signs are there. Wherein your attention is kept by continually screwing with you, twisting the plot around, yanking on the basic premises (i.e. "someone who is shot might not be dead," or "time-travel means all that stuff we told you earlier was a lie but we promise this next stuff is the truth").

    This thing looks great, but if a basic device of the storyline is to keep you guessing, that means that any sort of firm resolution in any form is the enemy of the storyline, and therefore will not be employed except under dire circumstances (poor sales of course, who cares if the readers scream their heads off? That always sounds like cash registers to the creators and publishers).

    I realize I'm punishing "The Bunker" for the sins of an entirely different thing, but my "you're going to screw with me to get to my wallet" sense is tingling.

  4. This might be my second-least favorite coloring style ever.

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