Aftershock is on a roll. They are publishing so many top-notch series. While there’s no uniform house style or shared universe, they have definitely carved out their own niche. Aftershock titles tend to be a little more adult, a little more edgy. There’s a thriller aspect to many of the series, often mixed in with a sense of dread and of foreboding.
I just read a Ray Bradbury short story, The Playground, this weekend. It had been years since I read Bradbury, and I kind of forgot how much I enjoyed his work. It’s a bit of a stretch, but one could argue that many of the Aftershock series have Bradbury baked into their DNA.
Descendent by Stephanie Phillips is another winner, but I might argue it owes more to Brad Meltzer than to Bradbury. Comics fans might remember him from his DC work on Identity Crisis a few years ago, but the rest of the world knows him as a thriller author. My favorite books of his entwine a mix of political intrigue and unsolved mysteries.
(There’s a bit of Harlan Coben in this comic too -and that’s high praise indeed from me. I think Coben is just fantastic.)
Descendent tells of a sinister conspiracy, dating back to the Lindbergh kidnapping, and then reveals a tale that is even creepier and more complicated. The gradual peeling of the onion follows the characters as they get in deeper and deeper. And as the reader, we’re always either just one step ahead or one step behind. Continue reading “With Further Ado #077: Descendent by Stephanie Phillips and Bornyakov”