‘Mayflower’ Comic Review
Mayflower is a fun new scifi graphic novel brought to life by Levi Hoffmeier. It tells the story of a futuristic dystopia where corporations have all merged into one conglomerate called, “The Commonwealth” that thrives because the people of Earth refuse to give up their entitled comforts of living. It’s actually a very clever narrative that shows a reflection of how modern day politics operate and what that system could ultimately lead to.
Mayflower begins with our protagonist, Roger Fergal, crash landing on Earth. Along the way, he takes out part of a building and is pursued by the SSS (Sol System Security). In this pursuit, we learn a lot about the world being established. As Earth’s population grew, they expanded upwards. Sky scrapers became space scrapers. The planet below became the place where the poor and desolate survive. (It’s fairly reminiscent of The Fifth Element).
Once crashed on Earth, Roger runs from his pursuers and encounters several failed creations of the future scientists, including genetically modified frogs and half goat/half wolf beasts. After some funny banter with the animals and a quick chase scene, he ultimately finds himself at a base where he seeks refuge, only to be captured by similar soldiers as his pursuers. However, at the last moment, one of the soldiers stuns the others and reveals herself as his ally and his “way out of this bloody discombobulation.” End of book one.
The thing that stood out most to me was the tone of the protagonist, Roger Fergal. In such a straight laced, serious world established in this book, Roger is the exact opposite. He is goofy, charming, and (dare I say it) the dumbest smart guy I’ve read in a long time. He reminds me of Captain Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly (and yes, I hold that comparison in very high regards). As Fergal is escaping his crashed ship, he has open conversations with animals (who don’t talk back) and even comments when they leave “Right as [he is] starting a soliloquy.”
The artwork in this book is stunning and personally the style I love seeing in scifi literature. The images are fantastic while still remarkably realistic. The frames would work as a great story board to turn Mayflower into a movie (which personally is exactly how I like my graphic novel artwork). Overall, I loved this book. If you are a fan of Firefly, The Fifth Element, or Battlestar Galactica, I say this series is for you!