by Rick Remender
Edited by Joseph Rybandt
Cover Artist: Jae Lee
Review by Gayle Surrette
Dynamite Entertainment Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781524100285
Date: 23 August 2016 List Price $19.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
"We loved picking a side and slaughtering anyone who disagreed"Once again someone thought they could make people better. So they decided that, since so many wars were believed to be a result of religion, they'd find a cure. It was called DVO-B. It spread though not just the brain, but also the body. And then it jumped species. It caused people and every living thing on Earth to devolve.
Raja had received a syringe from her father and a note to tell her it was the antidote. She used it and was now traveling to San Francisco to the lab that made DVO-B, to find that antidote and release it, hopefully changing the world back to the way it had been.
DEVOLUTION is the story of her quest and the people she meets--some of whom are worse than the devolved monsters she fights along the way. And some of the people she meets are the kind of people willing to help and even sacrifice themselves to aid her.
There's several twist to the story that are unexpected but make sense within the context. It's a compelling story and one that many readers will see the seeds of in the world around them. There's also a bit of hope, but not necessarily the ending readers may expect.
The art is pretty much what the cover image would prepare the reader for -- interiors are monochromatic. The art does convey the desolation and yet the lushness of this newly devolved world and the strange creatures that inhabit it. The journey of Raja gives the artist a chance to show the diversity that could be expected in such as world as well as the contrasts between the devolved and the people who received the antidote.
Characters are easily differentiated from each other which makes the action panels easy to comprehend.
This action adventure graphic novels leaves readers with much to think about after they finish--and the artwork bolsters the texts for added impact.