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The Last Book You’ll Ever Read #1

The Last Book You’ll Ever Read #1

Cullen Bunn words

Leila Leiz art

Giada Marchisio colors

Jim Campbell letters

From Vault Comics

Feeling feral? Before you start seeing red, peep the solicit:

Civilization is a lie. Hidden deep in our genes is the truth. And it is slowly clawing its way to the surface. Olivia Kade knows the truth, and she has become the prophet of the coming collapse. Her book, SATYR, is an international bestseller, and it is being blamed for acts of senseless violence and bloodshed all over the world. Olivia's own life is in danger from those who have read her work. Determined to conduct a book tour, she hires security professional Connor Wilson to act as her bodyguard. She only has one requirement: he cannot read her work.

I’ve made the joke before that I don’t think Cullen Bunn sleeps. I think he’s got 4 different books dropping from 4 different publishers this week, and that’s just bananas. What else is bananas? The quality never falters. He always drops a banger into the laps of his fans and leaves us ever-thirsty for more horror, more bloodshed, more evil delights that fill our heads with dread and clog our sleep with the strangest of nightmares.

The Last Book You’ll Ever Read #1 is sure to fill your head with much strangeness. It’s quite genius: the premise of the book is this writer turned prophet has documented the devolution of humankind. Olivia Kade says our base instincts are rushing to the surface. We’re quick to anger. Quick to rage. Quick to violence.

After reading this issue, I’m left thinking of the world we live in. How uncivilized everything seems. How quick to violence we are. How evil and severe humans can be, and it leaves a weird feeling in your guts. The narrative lingers and bleeds into the everydayness of our own lives.

Of course, Bunn’s script takes it up a level, but there’s this scary stone that tumbles down your throat and rests in your guts. A little ‘what if’ pebble, and you’ll carry that around with you after reading because this is a powerful and terrifying issue.

The art is absolutely gorgeous and brutal. Leila Leiz is now fresh on my radar. Her images seem so real. Eyes hold emotion and the body language on display is so completely natural. When things go crazy, it still remains intensely human. The changes we see take place, that rabid infestation of violence and loss of control, it’s executed wonderfully in-panel making it all the more terrifying. Leiz holds an absurd amount of talent and puts it all on the page.

Giada Marchisio takes all those wonderful pencils and inks and colors them to absolute perfection. The blood looks amazing. Pieces of flesh viciously removed from the bones and guts they held together are magnets for eyeballs. You can’t look away, and it all looks so perfect. You don’t even feel guilty.

This, too, messes with the vibe of the reader: I wasn’t uncomfortable with the imagery. It didn’t turn me away; rather, it held my gaze and entranced me. Again, making me think about the world we live in and how natural violence is.

How far are we, really, from falling off the edge of civility?

Jim Campbell does an excellent job lettering this book. He always does an excellent job lettering all the books. The screams echo off into the gutters of the pages, and I dug the switch between black and red text.

You should definitely pick up The Last Book You’ll Ever Read on Wednesday. This creative team is on quite the tear, and you’ll want to experience this horror epic while the blood is still warm.

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