THE BUNKER #4
Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Illustrated by Joe Infurnari
Published by Oni Press
I find it rather fortuitous that I am reading and reviewing this fourth issue of “The Bunker” on the same day that the new “X-Men” movie premieres. Every other commercial on my television right now is “Days of Future Past”, while this remarkable story about a group of young friends receiving a warning from their future selves about this impending apocalyptic event is all that occupies my mind right now.
If you have not been following the series so far, here’s a quick recap. The story starts off with our group of friends having recently finished college coming to the realization that their new lives and careers may take them down different paths, thus breaking the group apart. As a result they decide to bury a time capsule with photos and memorabilia and instead discover an underground bunker at that exact spot with all of their names on it. Daniel Adamson, Natasha Losi, Heidi Ryder, and Brady Potts all have personalized letters addressed to them from themselves (with the handwriting matching and all) warning them of mass extinction and that each of them would be ultimately responsible for this catastrophic event. The only one from the group whose name was not on the bunker and did not receive a letter was Billy Ryder (Heidi’s brother).
The first three issues do a fantastic job of character development and laying out the foundation for our story with time jumping as the group struggles to make sense of their imminent future and discover some changes in their personal relationships that immediately impacts their dynamic. In the aftermath of the disastrous explosion in San Francisco, issue four begins with Daniel Adamson (now a doctor) continuing his fathers work with Aspire. Daniel’s recollection of particular childhood moments with his father brilliantly elucidates his persona and his quest to “save the world”. Meanwhile Natasha’s feelings of betrayal continue to overwhelm her as we see her cope with her emotions by acting out. The end of our first arc sees the group reunited albeit with two Grady’s.
Joe Infurnari’s (Jersey Gods, Marathon) illustrations in this series can best be described as blemished and contorted, but in a stylish way that works well with his choice of colors. I was not entirely convinced that this particular technique would work, but have grown to appreciate his work here. I am in no way an art expert, but some of his images (especially the background) bring a sort of impressionistic style and form that is most impressive. The writing in this issue continues to impress. The story being told here is a truly fascinating take on the possibility of a portentous future and those directly responsible. Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Life After, I, Vampire) is an exceptional talent who has a dark and unique perspective of people and the world which carries over proficiently in his script.
Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall Rating: 8.5