BUST #2: WASTELAND RONIN

PrintE-mail Written by Andrew Marshall

Several years after bringing about the destruction of Austin and revenging himself upon the man who destroyed his family, lone fighter Jack now wanders the empty desolation of a world ravaged by a plague that reduced most of the human race to mutated monsters.

This time around, however, the slavering mutants barely get a look in. Out here the greatest danger to an individual is not the wandering monsters but their fellow humans, now banded together into the roving gangs of leather-clad sadists that a post-apocalyptic landscape always seems to bring out in people. A particularly ruthless group called The Smilers have set their sights on Jack, as their mysterious masked leader seems to know him despite the grizzled old warrior having never encountered them before.

In the years that have passed since Austin was destroyed, Jack’s name has become equally revered and feared, his name a shadowy legend whispered in the grimy dive bars where hardened survivors drink away the emptiness of their desperate existences. People react to him as either someone to be admired or feared, often both, his very existence an unspoken challenge to those who would oppose him.

We also learn that some semblance or order might still exist somewhere in the fractured United States. However, with primal urges now driving much of survival, it’ll take more than a reiteration of patriotic values to put an end to the primal free-for-all most of the country now operates by. It gives the story places to go other than endless fights with anonymous thugs, and promises a wider scope to proceedings to be developed in the future. In doing so, the story wrangles multiple characters simultaneously, placing equal levels of import upon them however minor they may be so that each arrives fully formed, and even ones who are only around for a few pages manage to hold our interest for the brief time we spend with them.

Ronin, in case you’re unsure, existed in feudal Japan and were samurai without a master, warriors cast adrift and denied a place in society. An apt designation for Jack, and not just in a practical sense, because he fights with a katana. As the world continues to crumble around him, he is driven by his constant search for somewhere he can find some meaning in his directionless life of violence, while doing all he can to hold on to the memory of his wife and son and with it a tenuous link to his shattered humanity.

Like some bastard hybrid of The Walking Dead and Mad Max, with only its second issue Bust has given itself a solid foundation from which to build. If it can get this good this quickly, then whatever comes next will be something to look forward to.

BUST #2: WASTELAND RONIN / AUTHOR: DAVE COOK / ARTIST: CHRIS O’TOOLE / PUBLISHER: CARD SHARK COMICS / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW 



Suggested Articles:
Since its main series came to an end, Batman 66, the comic book tribute to the much-loved Adam West
Blue Fox comics produce some of the most visually impressive and narratively interesting books in th
One of the interesting challenges that fledgeling comic book creators face is that people tend to un
One of the toughest things to do in the world of storytelling is to produce something that both adul
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Comic Book Reviews

ROYAL DESCENT #4 14 February 2017

BATMAN 66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN 77 08 February 2017

ROBYN (ISSUE ONE) 07 February 2017

BRETHREN BORN ISSUES 1 & 2 06 February 2017

HILO BOOK 2: SAVING THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD 03 February 2017

JUDGE DREDD – EVERY EMPIRE FALLS 27 January 2017

LITTLE GIRL BLACK #3 27 January 2017

THE MUMMY #3 20 January 2017

DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR VOL. 2 15 January 2017

DEFENDER 28 December 2016

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner