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Hinterkind Vol. 1: The Waking World

by Ian Edginton

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Pretty good—probably 2.5 stars, maybe even three—but somehow not as good as the premise set it up to be. It's a very interesting setting, despite how tired I am of dystopian everything; the mythical creatures and lush, almost tropical takeover of nature are at least a nice change from the usual zombies and urban desolation where everything is a shade of black or gray.

Everything just seemed like it could have been done better. The dialogue in particular was awful, with trite phrases on nearly every page that I swear must just be lifted straight from a Book of Cliches that comic and movie writers are all consulting. And there's a whole lot of interspecies politics that I felt pretty apprehensive about, but I won't find out how it's handled because I'm probably not going to keep reading the series. Maybe some other time, because I was intrigued enough by the end to be curious about what happens next.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
This was really good! It started a little slow but got better and better as it went along and has ended in a way that makes me sure to be carrying on with Vol. 2. The publisher's summary makes this sound somewhat like "Fables" but it isn't at all, except for the mythological creatures and cryptids. If you pick this up expecting a new kind of "Fables" you may well be disappointed. So when not comparing it to the aforementioned, I thought the story was very entertaining and it must be mentioned for a mature audience as it is very violent and uses strong language. It is about 20 years after the apocalypse and in this first volume we are aware of three types of species: the humans, the Hinterkind and a genetically altered no longer humankind. This last group is the always present government officials who went underground at the time of the apocalypse often found in this type of literature. I've always enjoyed Edginton's work published with 2000AD so was looking forward to this story and was not disappointed. The art wasn't entirely captivating to me but not bad either. The ending leaves us with a mysterious new group (species?) showing up and has left me eager to continue the series. There are many main characters both from the good and evil sides but my favourites are Prosper, her grandfather the doctor, and the Sidhe Queen. ( )
  ElizaJane | Apr 18, 2014 |
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"In a post-apocalyptic world where humans have been pushed to the edge of extinction by the creatures of fantasy and fables, THE HINTERKIND tells the story of one young woman's quest to fulfill her destiny and put the world right again. Fifty-seven years after an unspecified biological event has all but wiped out the human race, a green hand has moved over the face of the Earth. Leaf, root and shoot have steadfastly smothered the works of man, remorselessly grinding the concrete, glass and steel back into the minerals from whence they came. Mother Nature is reclaiming what's rightfully hers but she's not the only one... The Hinterkind have returned. They come from hiding places in the lost corners of the world: Centaurs, Satyrs, Elves, Dwarves, Ogres, Trolls, Werewolves, Vampires... They're also known as 'the Hidden,' 'the Twilight People,' the 'walkers-in-shadow', collective names for the menagerie that mankind has hung its tales of myth and magic upon--but these aren't fairy tale creatures. They are flesh, blood and passion, and they have a long simmering hatred of humanity. They are a divergent species. Exotic evolutionary try-outs that couldn't compete with the rapacious ape. Hunted to near extinction through fear and ignorance, they fled to the great forests and deserts, losing themselves in the shrinking wilderness of an ever-expanding world. Now the wilderness is the world and mankind is in the minority. Collects THE HINTERKIND #1-6"--… (more)

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