Talk about an intriguing new title, Hinterkind never fails to impress, from Greg Tocchini's wonderful cover, through writer Ian Edginton's notes at the back of the book, everything is interesting.
The lushness of a world consumed by nature is mind-boggling to behold. Seeing office buildings with desks and chairs left as they normally would be, while the main character hunts a zebra with a bow and arrow on the 20th floor of a NYC skyscraper is a memorable image to start a series with, and all of the imagery that follows is just as impactful. Edginton does a great job complementing the visuals by adding narrative exposition to the scope of nature's takeover of what man has built by planting seeds of scale, such as the fact that it takes two months to make a round trip from NYC to Albany New York, something that can currently be done in a couple of hours by car in our reality.
In this first issue numerous plots are threaded and prepped for a long run (hopefully). Edginton introduces fantasy elements that will be explored going forward, fairies, trolls, giants and more await us. He also sets up what appears to be the main plot, the protagonist (Prosper) will apparently be going on a quest to find her grandfather, who in this issue departs for Albany because the Central Park colony loses radio contact with them. And the world itself leaves endless story possibilities to explore, particularly because artist Francesco Trifogli imagines said world so well.
The only minor gripe I have here at all is with some of Trifogli's coloring. He likes to use some sort of technique where he splashes diagonal lines of white/yellow across the characters (perhaps to give an appearance of sunlight?), and it is overused and not pleasant to look at.
Despite that very minor quibble though, this is a book you should pick up immediately! I know that Vertigo has gone through some rough times over the last couple of years, but if they keep finding books like Hinterkind, then they are going to be just fine. I hope that this sells well enough that Edginton and Trifogli can continue to bring us new issues every month for a long time to come.