It’s been just over a month since my last review, and I’ve read my way through several comics since then. One of my favorite one shots is Apocalytigirl: An Aria for the End Times.
This comic caught my eye while wandering the stacks with its sparse yellow cover with a young woman and a cat. Plus anything having to do with a post-apocalyptic world is a fun read for me. A quick scan of the back cover made this an instant purchase for me:
“A sci-fi epic about a post apocalyptic life (and cat ownership)!”
I was sold on the idea of this comic already. Pet ownership has been a huge part of my life, and I’ve always wondered how that works in a world where danger is around the corner.
You might be thinking, “This sounds like I am Legend,” and I suppose you’d be kind of right? Minus the fact that I am Legend is horror, and this comic really isn’t that horrifying. Legend had a dog and Will Smith. Apocalytigirl has Aria and her cat. If you know anything about cats and dogs, they don’t interact with humans the same way.
Perhaps I’m thinking too much about this comic, but ultimately it’s asking an important question: Would you risk your own survival for a pet companion when you were alone in a world?
Aria risks her life for her cat. She goes to the places he hides when he’s scared, makes sure he’s safe at all costs. He provided her with interaction that she otherwise wouldn’t have had. It probably kept her sane. If/When she had the opportunity to return to civilization, would she leave her cat behind?
I wish there were more to this story. Andrew MacLean created an interesting world that I would love to explore beyond this singular comic. The ending leaves a lot up to interpretation and wonder. I appreciated the cat ownership bits and Aria’s daily survival. When she did get into trouble, suddenly the comic was hack-n-slash. I wanted more development overall, but I think for it being a singular story, it’s definitely something I can read and come away mostly satisfied.
I’d recommend this to anyone that has pets, talks to them like they are people and anyone that likes a quick read about a post apocalyptic life with a cat.