THE FEW gives us a wild, sci-fi adventure that reflects our own society. The diverse cast is fully fleshed out and personable, and the story hits very close to home. Go ahead, try to find a drawback to this comic.
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There aren’t many comics I go out of my way to purchase. I don’t feel compelled to buy them until they come out in trade form. THE FEW is not one of those comics. Although the trade comes out August 23rd, this comic is a must read for any revolutionaries out there. Anyone who aspires to create change, wants forgiveness, or wishes to overcome violent heretics will gush over Sean Lewis and Hayden Sherman’s THE FEW.

Dystopian American Reflects Present-Day America

Set in a dystopian America, THE FEW creates a future ensnared by a corrupt political system. The system creates a strong divide between the Palace and heretics, which results in violent and often devastating reactions. The violent backlash against the Palace is best seen through the character of King Herrod, the self-proclaimed King of the Badlands. Under the impression of betrayal, Herrod commands the murder of numerous men, women, and children — forcing our main character, ex-soldier Edan Hale, into political violence. While trying to comprehend what is happening, a man shoves a baby into her arms and begs that she runs and saves the child.

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With a child she knows nothing about, Edan fights off heretics until she passes out. Luckily, two men save her, but not before she kills a handful of heretics first. As we watch the men drag her to safety, a ghost of her past lays with her. He reminds Edan that she should die, but saving the child is more important. And she loses consciousness.

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The two men, Petey and Davey, are part of the Remainder States, a separate entity from the Palace and the heretics. They want real freedom and true equality, not what the Palace has designed as “equality,” or what the heretics call “freedom.” However, within these free states, Edan figures out who she is and the impact of the terrible things she has done. We slowly learn more of Edan’s past and the problems she grapples with. We become in tune to who she is and the ghosts that have been haunting her. From here, she attempts to redeem herself in the eyes of Petey, Davey, the baby, and herself.

THE FEW Holds the Most Props

Sean Lewis has written an amazing sci-fi dystopian world that is eerily close to what America’s future could hold. There are moments in the text where it feels like the characters are addressing real world problems, although Lewis is disguising them as in-text issues. The world as a whole gives our world a mirror to look at itself with. It addresses social and political issues within our society without ever removing the reader from the story. However, the subtle cues within the dialogue make it clear what the message is truly about. (But I’m not going to tell you what it is.)

The biblical references in the book are abundant and well hidden. It’s amazing how Lewis has managed to sneak in biblical allusions that end up perfectly encasing the personality of each character. These references are paired with sci-fi technology that is imaginative and, oddly, fun. Generally, I don’t feel biblical reference and sci-fi elements really mix, however, Lewis and Sherman have combined them in a manner that makes the text majestic.

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More than a Few Feels

Sherman and Lewis nail how to write quality characters. The cast is diverse and, furthermore, purely human. Lewis and Sherman do an amazing job at depicting regular people in difficult situations. Although this may sound cliché, it was relieving to see people of color and women depicted just as people; not as props, sidekicks, or jokers. These characters are judged by their perspectives on society and their morals rather than what they look like. The physical aspects that make them different aren’t relevant within the text. As long as they were on the same side of the fight, that is all that mattered. They had the same ideals and desires, which drove them and kept them united.

The most noteworthy element has to be the emotion behind things. Sherman’s keen attention to detail forces readers to slow down and really feel the emotions of the characters. The use of panels and gutters create a storytelling pace that is perfect for each emotion the characters feel. Without giving anything away, there is an intensely emotional scene that only silence could depict. However, lack of words and images is not what makes the space feel so silent. Immediately after, a rush of panels flows, giving us a moment of confusion as we try to ground ourselves again. This works as a mental catch up after receiving some very bad news. Sherman has ensured the reader slows down, feels this pain, but then bombards us with a flood of information. Edan’s experience is now the reader’s experience.

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THE FEW is Part of the Revolution

In the past week, I have re-read the entire arc twice in an attempt to really, critically look at it. Fortunately, I can’t seem to find anything about it that I don’t like. I love the art, the story, and the characters. If anything, I want more. I want to keep reading what Sean Lewis and Hayden Sherman have to say, I want to see more of their sci-fi gadgets and amazing scenery. I want another crazy King Herrod and sympathetic Ephraim. However, I’m not upset over the amount of story we were given.

THE FEW is an inspiring comic. It empowers the people, showing that even bloated, corrupt governments don’t stand a chance against enough people with heart. These characters are realistic, living in a hard world. They are full of regret, fear, love, and determination. Watching Edan change perspective and realize that she has been wrong about people outside the Palace gives hope to our society. It points out that changing a giant structure is never easy and often looks like destruction.

However, when people change perspective and are ready to let go of the past, the future always looks a little brighter.


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