Written by Shane Filer & Illustrated by Federico D'Amore
The Others, then known as Man, vanished a thousand years ago. What’s still remembered is their abuse and exploitation of the animals and nature.
Over time, the surviving animals learned to talk and live together, peaceful and herbivorous—by necessity—since to eat each other would mean conflict forever. The Others live on as the bogymen and monsters of myth.
Akule, a wayward Alaskan Malamute puppy, enjoys a somewhat idyllic life. But that is about to change. The wild calls.
The Others finally return.
Trapped, and tortured by them, hideously disfigured, Akule is left an outcast, found more dead than alive, by renegade Other, Alexa.
Can a maimed dog and an ailing young woman prevent humanity from consuming this world, as they have their own?
Animal rights and environmental themes intermingle in a story about loss, loneliness and a search for self-identity.
We are humanity and we are back. Blades opening flesh, scars ripped in landscapes, a kaleidoscope of pain, torture and endless black death. Respect us. Celebrate our legacy.
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I believe stories can change lives... crazy huh?
Storytelling’s a primal desire central to human existence; from animal shapes scratched in plant-pigmented paint on ancient cave walls, to oral histories handed down through generations, to compulsive Netflix dramas playing out over years. Just as the brain detects patterns in the visual forms of nature – a face, a figure, a flower – and in sound, so too it detects patterns in information.
A few comic book writers had a profound influence on me (Alan Moore was one, Pat Mills and John Wagner two others), in that they showed the absolute power a writer welds to make a story, or character – any character – complex and engaging, or conversely, average and forgettable.
In 2013 my first novel, Exit, was published in the US by Ohio University Press and a short story collection followed. In the years since I wrote a half-dozen issues of the long running UK comic “Commando” (published since 1961), and in doing so managed to create a handful of comics my 12 year old self would have enjoyed. I also got to work with artists I admired as a kid like Carlos Pino and Vicente Alcazar.
Stories are recognizable patterns, and in those patterns we find meaning.
Can comics change lives? Sure, if the creators make it so.