Quick Review: The Last of Us #1 American Dreams
I would just like to say that I am far from an expert when it comes to comic books and that my review here like all reviews is only the opinion of someone who is excited for the game and would like to sink there teeth into some multimedia hors d’oeuvres.
Right lets begin!
Now I, like all the fans, only know what Naughty Dog has told me when it comes to the feel, style and themes of The Last of Us so i was unsure what i was going to get when i sat down to make my way through this first issue from the game’s creative director Neil Druckmann and comic book artist Faith Erin Hicks . That lack of surety was well founded when I realised I was reading a first day at school story a page and a half in, complete with bully, lovable rouges, principals and their intimidating offices. The number of cliches is astounding but i genuinly enjoyed the issue sure its the same opening story you’ve heard before but everything is tainted by infected, collapsing world that creeps in around every moment.
Redressing an old told thin story with a good thick world everyone is trying to see is a great way to bring Ellie to a approachable and understandable distance while not sacrificing the greater narrative of the world around here. The need to bring the story (in the game) closer to home is a point the developers have talked about in interviews saying ‘its not about the science’ of the world and that this push for a more personal specific story will be present their too. If that’s the case I think there is a lot to look forward to both i the comic series as it progresses (May 29th is #2) and the hope that this kind of personal story in a big world is the narrative style Druckmann has placed into the up coming game!