Epic in a different way is Top of the Line, Daniel McCloskey’s series of eight hand-made mini-comics about a young man in a post-apocalyptic society. It starts crazy — with wild animals that seem to have evolved from power tools — and gets crazier. Most of the fantasy/science-fiction elements are explained eventually, sort of, but McCloskey doesn’t spell out more than necessary.
Top of the Line's plot trades on am urban/rural class divide, mythic overtones, a high action quotient and primitive and high-tech devices deployed cheek-by-jowl. It's maybe Star Wars crossed with a Hunger Games-like dystopia, except with carnivorous, elephant-sized monsters and more humor than you might expect amidst the general darkness. The drawing style is jagged and explosive, the storyline sometimes a bit obscure.
McCloskey, who founded the Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers’ collective, is asking $2.99 each for these black-and-white booklets; the finale, in color, costs $8.
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