by Jeff Lemire, 124 pages
One of the cover blurbs for this describes it as "Mad Max with antlers." Strangely, that actually fits.
Nine-year-old Gus lives in the woods with his aging, ailing dad, who warns him to never go beyond the perimeter fence and into the dangerous outside world. But he didn't tell Gus what to do if the dangerous outside world comes to the woods. Where can the boy be safe now? And whom can he trust?
Sweet, naive little Gus has that whole "deer in the headlights" look down pretty well. Of course, he comes by it naturally. It's post-apocalyptic chaos out there and no kid with antlers (or bunny ears or a pig snout or whatever) is going to make it very far without a friend...or without a gun. It's not pretty and it's not supposed to be. The reader doesn't know how the world got this way or where it's going (other than nowhere good just yet). But she hopes that Gus and his influence on the big and small will nudge things in a more positive direction soon.
Fight back, kiddos! Come on, Big Man! Hear that little niggling voice in the back of your head? That's your conscience. Listen to it, won't you? *eagerly ILLs Volume 2*