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Sally of the Wasteland #1

Southern Louisiana, 82 years after the Fall. The apocalypse has come and gone, leaving behind a withered, ravaged landscape of wreckage and mutant crawfish. Still, you gotta laugh, and Sally does, often using her beloved shotgun, Bertha, as the punchline!

Inspired more by lust than common sense, and by a teenage desire to protect Tommy, the object of her desires, Sally leaves her bar job and joins the deranged crew of the Mississippi Duchess on a mission into the remains of New Orleans.

Saving the remains of civilisation plays second best to keeping her sweetheart safe as our smart and sexy princess of the wild frontier runs a gauntlet of gigantic genetic freaks and roving gangs of blood-hungry barbarians!

The ever-so-cute but ever-so-slightly-insane Sally is the wayward daughter of writer Victor Gischler (X-Men, Angel & Faith, Noir) and artistic up-and-comer Tazio Bettin. This first issue in a fantastic new series proves Armageddon can be fun!




See the Review Rating Overview page for more information on how I rate each comic

Cover & Solicit 4/5

This issues cover is drawn by interior artist Tazio Bettin (Grimm Fairy Tales Hunters). It shows our heroin Sally fighting a Crawgator. It's a pretty good representation of the art you'll find inside the issue. It's along with the solicit really make you want to pick up this book. Oh did I mention the trailer, makes the book really feel like its' going to have that Grindhouse feel to it.

Art, Colors & Inking 3/5

While I like the cover I'm not as much a fan of Bettin's interiors. While not horrible it's just not my personal taste. After looking at his deviantART page I wish he would have used more of that style. His style in this book is very reminiscent of other artist you'd find in the UK or even Heavy Metal Magazine. He does a great job with his action scenes and facial expressions. Everything is easily recognizable and easy to follow. He is also providing colors and they very well executed.

Layout & Flow 4/5

For a first issue I feel that something was missing. While the solicit explains this is a post-apocalyptic world, I would have like a single page overview of the events that took place. Otherwise the story progresses nicely and at a decent pace. Bettin's panels are easy to follow and matches the pacing nicely.

Story 3/5

The series writer is Victor Gishler (X-Men, Kiss Me Satan, The Shadow). After the solicit and trailer I was excited to read this first issue. Maybe it's hurting my opinion of it, because I was expecting something different, or maybe something more. The issue starts in a post apocalyptic bar, where some fishers are fighting of their ginormous catch. Suddenly our heroin Sally steps in and puts the fight to a quick end with a buckshot to the fishes head. From this first interaction I'm not a fan of Sally. Her personality isn't one I care for and the other characters actually seem more interesting. Next we are finally introduced to the woman from the first page. It seem she is a sole survivor of an attack after finding a tablet that still has power. They were attacked while trying to find it's source. I like this a part of the story as it gives a little background on what's going on in the world Gishler is introducing us to. After a little convincing our band of adventurers head out on a mission to find the source in the No Man's Land of New Orleans. Probably the best part of this issue was the whole Crawgator attack. I mean it was awesome.

Verdict - 3.1 (6/10) (Buy Sally of the Wasteland) SAVE 10%

I really wanted to like this issue after seeing the trailer it seemed like it would have a nice Grindhouse vibe going for it, however Tazio Bettin's art and Victor Gishler's story are nothing spectacular. Bettin draws like any other UK/Heavy Metal artist. While not bad just not to my liking. Gishler on the other-hand has a great idea and concept going, but the main heroin just isn't interesting or even likable for me. I really enjoyed Gishler's Kiss Me Satan, and hoping it's just first issue hiccups. The book has it's positives and I'll be looking out for issue #2. If you want to read something different about a post-apocalyptic world that includes giant Crawgators, give Sally a try.


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