No One’s Rose
Writer: Zac Thompson and Emily Horn
Art: Alberto Alburquerque
Colours: Raul Angulo
Letters: Hassan Ostmane-Elhaou
Published: Vault Comics
The planet is destroyed
“Centuries after the fall of the Anthropocene, the last vestiges of human civilization are housed in a massive domed city powered by renewable energy, known as The Green Zone. Inside lives teenager Tenn Gavrilo, a brilliant bio-engineer who could rebuild the planet. But there’s one problem: her resentful brother Seren is eager to dismantle the precarious Utopia.”
What happens when humans destroy the planet? Everything is wiped out, but the humans are clinging on. They are surviving by living in a ginormous dome around a huge bioengineered tree. This huge dome provides them with some safety from the superstorm and the desolate wastelands outside. It seems like everything is back to a peaceful equilibrium. Tenn is working tenaciously to develop more trees and better systems for healthier plants. However, there is unrest simmering just below the surface and her brother Seren is right in the middle of it.
This might be a new utopia- but it’s clear that not every citizen is equal. There is a strict class system in place and are characters do not feel the benefit of the upper class. Themes of upward social and economic standing are strong throughout No One’s Rose. Seren, in particular, has a real chip on his shoulder about the upper classes and the inequality.
Climate change and real fears
However, the real message that stands out in No One’s Rose is about our climate, about the damage being done to our planet right now. In the Green Zone, citizens have a more direct relationship with the food they grow, there is no meat being consumed no plastics. No One’s Rose is so socially potent. But with all the fears for our planet, No One’s Rose also offers a strong message of something else, hope. We can work together to change the way we treat the planet, the way we consume and use resources and developing more greener technology to help sustain our way of life.
Zac Thompson and Emily Horn have created something that is seriously socially relevant and hard-hitting, but it is not too much to swallow. Dialogue is a little hard to chew in some area but the intricate art style from Alberto and the vibrant colours from Raul lead us along with the narrative nicely. Hassan’s letters continue to tie everything up into a really impressive package.
As you would come to expect from Vault, No One’s Rose is so much more than just a story, it is a social commentary, a warning and a message of hope.
No One’s Rose is available now, pick it up from any good comic retailer, Vault or from FP.
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