REVIEW: The Bunker, if the Lost creators wrote a comic

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Joshua Hale Fialkov (writer) / Joe Infurnari (artist)

Oni Press TPB $19.99

The Bunker is the story of five friends who go out into the woods to bury a time capsule. Instead of finding dirt and soil, they find a bunker with almost all of their names on it. Inside they find lots of information about the future, including letters from their future selves. These letters tell them how they will cause the apocalypse and how the world needs to end.

When I first started reading this, I thought to myself, “This seems just like Lost.” Because of that, I was already getting antsy to stop reading it. Luckily the creator himself made one of the characters say, “So…Who’s seen Lost?”, and they even go on to comment about some of the plot points. Because of this, I kept going. I knew that it wasn’t going to be a rip-off; they just happened to share a bunker, and if you keep reading further, a lot of weirdness.

There are a variety of types of relationships in the group from boyfriend/girlfriend, ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, one-night stands, platonic friendship, gay crush, you name it. This makes the dynamics of the group very interesting and volatile. In addition to this, we deal with hard times for the characters; we find out about betrayals and childhood rape. What I’m saying is, this first volume is raw with emotion, and it makes for interesting read where you can really care for some of the characters and mistrust the others.

I wasn’t really excited about the art. It’s stylistic and raw, so it fit with the story-line, but on the other hand, it was confusing and hectic. At times, it was hard to understand what was going on. This is also true with the story since it goes back and forth between future and current but with the art being the way it is sometimes I didn’t know what was happening in an individual panel and had to go ahead and read on in hopes that I would figure it out later.

Overall, this is pretty good. The story is interesting and while the art is hectic, it’s still pretty. Give it a chance if you like weird stories where the plot doesn’t follow a logical path. I know I do. I will continue on with this series.

Verdict: 8/10