398. Doomsday.1 by John Byrne
Nov 26 2013, IDW Publishing, 104 pgs
"The Earth may have dodged a bullet on 12/21/2012, but there are worse things in store for our little blue planet. Seven adventurers aboard the International Space Station watch in horror as most of the world is decimated by a monster solar flare. And their only choice is to return to the surface, and face whatever awaits them there!"
Received an egalley from the publisher through NetGalley.
I love apocalyptic/post-apoc. literature and this caught me eye as sounding pretty interesting. I hadn't read this author before but am glad I gave it try because it turned out to be quite a good story, if somewhat short. When the earth is mostly burned up by a humongous solar flare, a returning International space crew find a somewhat safe place to land and try to find others left on earth. The seven person International crew has representatives from different countries, except for the two Russians making up the only married couple. The crew's make up, bickering, humour and general dynamics reminded me of Stargate Atlantis and found favour with me right away. They meet up with others such as survivors of a military submarine and prisoners who were lockdown at a prison. Needless to say some of these encounters turn violent and the imagery is bloody and disturbing but not overly graphic. The story is quite intense, has some genuine poignant moments, leaves the original crew short two members and ends with the remaining team splitting off into two directions. An awful lot happens in such a short book and the next volume could prove to give further insight into characters with them divided into two smaller groups. Really liked this.
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