Snowpiercer Vol. 1: The Escape by Jacques Lob with art by Jean-Marc Rochette
Genre: Science Fiction, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Titan Comics
Publication Date: 2014 (Originally published in French in 1982
From the publisher:
Coursing through an eternal winter, on an icy track wrapped around the frozen planet Earth, there travels a train that never stops. This is Snowpiercer: one thousand and one carriages long. From fearsome engine to final car, all surviving human life is here: a complete hierarchy of the society we lost. The elite, as ever, travel in luxury at the front of the train–but for those in the rear coaches, life is squalid, miserable and short. Now the poor have had enough: it’s time to seize control of the engine–and their future!
In this post-apocalyptic story Earth is in a new ice age and all of the surviving population is in on an eternally traveling train of 1001 cars. Within those cars is a distinct class system with the poorest and most miserable in the cars at the tail and the well off near the front.
When the status quo is rocked and someone from the Tail begins to force his way toward the front of the train. The security forces have trouble containing this challenge to the class system.
It’s a fairly short and fast paced story and plays out much like an action movie. There’s no surprise that it has been made into an action movie but perhaps the surprise is that it doesn’t star Liam Neeson?
The art was well done and despite the limited scope of setting managed to have some variety and remain interesting.
It was a fun read and I’m looking forward to reading the concluding second volume.