Today, the first trade paperback of The Bunker, chapters 1-4, hits the shelves, and if you’re a fan of Lost, The X-Files, or the mixed up machinations of trying to save the world using time travel, you should pick it up.
The Bunker’s premise: Five college friends decide to bury a time capsule out in the woods, but when they go to dig the hole, they hit metal. The door to an underground bunker. It has their names on it, and inside they find letters written to them from their future selves describing the horror the world becomes and their roles in getting it there.
These letters shake their world, their individual senses of self. They move forward and grow away from each other as they attempt to make sense of the secrets their future selves have set before them. Each step and decision takes them closer to the annihilation of humanity unless they can figure out which parts of themselves to turn away from.
The Bunker is full of heavy questions of morality, trust, and fate. But it’s also edge-of-your-seat exciting as the twists of the story unwind before you. It is engaging on levels of both character and suspense.
The art is rough-edged and a little dream-like. It matches the story well in this regard–the five friends live in a surreal understanding of the world after they discover the bunker, but it is a world of hard choices. Can the deaths of a few save millions? And if it can, are those deaths a worthwhile cost?
I am anxious to see what the next volume holds. Hopefully I won’t have to wait too long to find out.