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No One’s Rose #1 Review

Writer:  Emily Horn & Zac Thompson
Artist:  Alberto Jimenez-Alburquerque
Color Artist:  Raul Angulo
Letterer:  Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

How much do we take our environment for granted? We drive our gas-powered cars on asphalt roads to our jobs in buildings of concrete, steel, and glass. We labor to make our lawns greener than our neighbor’s, but not for the benefit of the lawn. How much nature do we see every day? How might our world change if, suddenly, it all collapsed? No One’s Rose is set in such a future, where all the green nature we love, and think nothing of, has vanished. Left behind is a barren wasteland full of crumbled buildings and toxic sludge – the legacy of the acidic reign of man. In this world human society lives on the brink of extinction, with a small pocket living in a domed city. Super-oxygenating trees are the lifeblood of the people living within the dome, providing shelter and security. Those with the privilege to live among the leaves at the top of the tree have life as good as it gets, but what about those who live below? Are all parts of the tree truly equal, or is there a class division even after the apocalypse? 

Captain Tenn Gavrillo is a junior bioengineer who uses the science at hand to gather specimens from outside the dome and tweak their genetic structure. She wants to make plants that are hardy enough to withstand the deadly conditions outside the dome, so that one day humanity may be able to reclaim the lost earth. Captain Gavrillo believes in the structure and safety of the dome and of the society within. She may even have a shot at a job promotion and a chance at living in the canopy with the elites, despite the traitorous actions of her deceased father. Her brother, Seren, is of a different mind. He works at the bottom of the tree, in the filtration systems that make life in the dome possible. Seren sees the disparity between the canopy and the lower levels, and desperately wants to change society for the better. But just how far are he and his friends willing to go to achieve that goal? 

Vault’s new series No One’s Rose is a fun post-apocalyptic sci-fi read with a great creative team behind it. Written by Zac Thompson and Emily Horn, with art by Alberto Alburquerque, and colors by Raul Angulo, this first issue is a wild ride through destruction and order.

Review by Megan Goble