Written by Paul Jenkins and Matthew Daley
Illustrated by Carlos Magno
Colors by Chris Blythe
Letters by Deron Bennett
Published by Archaia
Release Date: 05/13/2015
Steampunk is not a genre that I have delved into much as of late, however when I hit my local comic book shop last week, I just could not pass up on this intriguing new series ‘Lantern City’ from Archaia. The cover caught my attention immediately and the variants were equally impressive. It would be a few days before I actually opened up the pages to read what was inside (hence the late review), and much to my surprise I discovered an equally powerful tale about class warfare and socioeconomic injustice.
The story starts off by introducing us to Sander Jorve, a worker who falls among the social class where either you are assigned to the machines or the fields, Sander has been fortunate enough to be assigned to the fields. The workers live to serve the guards, who practice a strict and brutal work policy where whole groups get punished for the actions of one, “The actions of one are the actions of all”. This motto is something that has been programmed into the minds of many from a young age, including Sander as we flashback to an incident where he watches his father beating another man.
Just as the workers report to the guards, the guards are controlled by the Greys. The Greys in essence are the upper class who controls the political, economic, and social infrastructure of Lantern City. Sander’s main priority is to care for the well-being of his family, which is why he has resisted taking action by getting involved with the resistance, despite the attempts to persuade him otherwise by his wife and brother-in-law Kendal. After the resistance is discovered and attacked, Sander is given an opportunity to infiltrate the guards by becoming something he both despises and fears.
Although we are not yet entirely introduced to the Greys, Jenkins and Delaney have given us a strong debut issue that seems set to explore the systematic corruption of a ruling class and how prosperity of a few can sometimes mean the hardship of many. They really waste no time developing the story and at least the Sander character, yet it seems that there is so much more that will be explored in upcoming issues. Carlos Magno brings light to this city with a truly detailed and authentic steampunk style, backed up by Chris Blythe’s strong coloring that features dominant blue shades that work well. Overall Lantern City #1 was a success and should be added to your pull list immediately.
REVIEW: LANTERN CITY #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)