Considering the concern over the current flu season, the timing here is spot-on.
Lauren Davis, a contributor over at IO9, has launched a webcomic series covering early post-apoc tales, and kicks things off discussing plague.
Davis takes a look at two classic “last man alive” tales, starting with the first-ever post-apocalyptic plague novel “The Last Man” by Mary Shelly (you may know her as the mother of “Frankenstein.”) I’ve had this book on my to-read list for some time, and, thanks in part to this comic, I’m determined to hit the library this week and secure a copy.
The other tale covered by Davis is “The Scarlet Plague” by Jack London (that “Call of the Wild” guy.)
I really enjoyed this first installment of “The Webcomic Guide to the Apocalypse.” Davis gives a nice overview of what the two books are about, as well as some historical and biographical perspective regarding the authors and the times they wrote in. While some may see spoilery moments in the reviews, Davis’s observations on the deeper meaning of what the books are about only served to whet my appetite for the books themselves.
The series will continue to take a look at the early days of authors who looked at the end days. I am very much looking forward to the next installment.
(Here’s the link again, so you can go check it out: The Webcomic Guide to the Apocalypse )