by Humphrey Osoro
The Unaffected Resolve Volume 1 is an introduction to Lisa Sagini. She starts out unconscious and injured, but soon wakes up on the back of a cat-like creature. She then discovers the world, as she knows it, has gone through an apocalyptic event. The cat-like creature carrying her has chosen to save Lisa and her junior, a man named Orville. His reasoning is that he can guarantee their survival and they in turn shall provide him vital information.
What Lisa Sagini wants to know most is why the world they knew had to change. Why did they have to lose their friends and family? How will they survive after this apocalypse?
However, the questions above are not tackled in this volume.
Volume 1’s sole purpose is to introduce Lisa Sagini: who she is now and where she has come from. Lisa is a soldier in the Kenyan Army, has a strong personality and it is clear that she is comfortable in her own skin. Each scene is drawn to depict Lisa’s reality in vibrant colors and clear visuals and her memories serve to unfold the story. Her narrative adds to the story as it transitions deeper into the past.
This introduction reads very fast, and leaves you with the familiar feeling of wanting to know more at the end of the volume. I enjoyed reading this start into a post-apocalyptic Kenya and I find myself curious as to what would have led to the apocalypse. Most importantly, how will Lisa survive in this new world?
I would recommend this volume to anyone +16 and beyond. The volume does have some serious and violent content. This is also a perfect start for someone who wants to read but doesn’t feel like they have time for an intensive novel. The plot is strong and complex, with promise of more engaging story in the later volumes.
The writer and illustrator shared a copy of this comic with me. You can read it at this link: The Unaffected Resolve