Review: Sheltered #3
What has the kids of Safe Haven so terrified? Their fears as revealed as Lucas and Victoria square off against one another.
The third issue of Image’s surprise hit, Sheltered, drops today. The story of doomsday preppers whose own children turn on them and kill them features a story by Ed Brisson and Johnnie Christmas. Christmas illustrates the story with colors by Shari Chankhamma. So does Sheltered keep up the great pace for the first two issue set up?
The kids have taken over Safe Haven. All the adults have been murdered after Lucas convinces the children that the disaster they have been preparing for is imminent. The supplies they have won’t be enough to keep them going, so hard choices had to be made. Victoria and Hailey were walking out in the woods when it happened, and returned after all the violence. Two weeks have passed since the murders, and no disaster has happened. The kids are starting to question Lucas and a Lord of the Flies situation is breaking out with no real rules in place. Victoria is trying to help Hailey who is running a fever. She goes out to forage supplies, but she finds herself right in Lucas’ path. He’s already turned on the adults, will he hesitate to take Victoria’s life? Does Lucas have an ulterior motive other than the survival story he is selling to the other kids?
Brisson writes another spectacular story. We start to get some answers as to what Lucas said to the others to convince them to turn on their families, though we’re not sure that’s the only reason he planned out the murders. You’re left just as frustrated with Lucas’ reasoning for taking over Safe Haven as Victoria is after she talks to Lucas. The story keeps up the tense pace laid out in issue 1. This issue is more contained and a little lower key than previous issues, but the drama continues to build. The art is just as fantastic as the story. Christmas makes some slick, clean lines to make each character distinct. The action and emotion is displayed well. Lucas has been pretty apathetic the entire time, but when Victoria throws a wrench in the works you can see a visible change in him. He becomes more visceral and angry. The colors are bright and really pop. It stands in stark contrast to the grim story being told.
Bottom Line: Sheltered continues to be a must-read series. Brisson and Christmas make the story even scarier by the fact that this could actually happen. There isn’t anything too wild or fantastical in the series. It’s a more grounded approach to an apocalyptic series. That makes it something unique and well worth your time and money. 4/5