Sheridan • Bagenda • Fajardo Jr
Think of Fallout, Mad Max, Cyberpunk, Tank Girl, and Logan and I think you can conjure up a pretty good idea of High Level. Just as gorgeous as the previous issue, the second issue in this series picks up from where we left off, with our main character now having to take care of a little girl who is not from her parts. She’s from High Level and when I envision it, it seems to be something akin to the place in Altered Carbon where the wealthy lived, while those who couldn’t afford live in old relics of a time they never knew.
We see this when we are brought to where our main character is living, which is definitely a circus or carnival of some sorts. It’s another relic of a time passed, but instead of the usual dark and dreariness that we are used to when it comes to the post-apocalyptic eras, this issue is illustrated in bright colors and beautiful pastels. Don’t let that fool you, though; there’s some real serious things at hand, as our main heroine has to take on a young child from High Level and shield her away from those who are looking for her. We see some reluctance for this task, but some really endearing and funny moments, as our main characters finds out it isn’t easy getting a good night rest with a restless child wanting to chat.
Along with the beautiful colors and lighthearted interactions between the two characters, it is ultimately destroyed when those seeking the young child come to collect. What’s interesting about this comic is that, typically in a post-apocalyptic story, everything is in ruins and people are typically not looking to rebuild, rather just survive. But, in here, there is still a “law enforcement” and there are cities – it’s like a society that formed after society crumbled and we can see the remains of our own familiar world, with a glimpse of what one may look like should something catastrophic wipe out civilization.
I would give High Level #2 two thumbs up and consider it a MUST read. It’s such a beautiful collection, with some really deep hidden meanings within the wording that makes it a nice play on a common storyline.
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