Last Sons of America –
Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art by Matthew Dow Smith
Colors by Doug Garbark
Letters by Jim Campbell
Cover by Tonci Zonjic
As the proud parent of a one year old, I could not imagine a world without my child. Now imagine that the ability to have children was taken away from…everyone. What would happen to society? That’s what Boom Studios tackles with Last Sons of America #1. A terrorist attack in the United States has left every family unable to have children. Now adoption from foreign countries is the only option.
The story follows two adoption agents, Jackie and Julian, who are trying to convince parents poor parents in Nicaragua that their children could have a better life. As you might expect, it’s not a very easy task and they’re struggling. One thing I found in this issue is, one character is far more likable than the other. I would even go as far as to say, you will really dislike Jackie before the end of the issue. You know how the saying goes, desperate times call for desperate measures. Well Jackie does something, and it sets up a MAJOR plot point going forward with the big reveal at the end.
The story is very solid and intriguing by Johnson. The way he skillfully crafts this world after such a tragic attack, and sets the mood of all the parties involved, definitely hooks you in this issue. Even if you see the twist coming, the end result still leaves you wanting to read more. I wish the amazing cover art by Tonci Zonjic continued into the pages of the story, but Smith takes great care in crafting just the right expression to match the situation. It’s not perfect, but it doesn’t make you want to put the book down either. As you read the story, whether you’re a parent or not, it really does make you wonder what it would be like if this really happened. The questions really start to pop up in your mind as you read, and to me, that is good and engaging storytelling.