Perfect combination of teenage angst and post-apocalyptic mystery in It’s Only Teenage Wasteland #1 from Dark Horse Comics.
It’s Only Teenage Wasteland was written by Curt Pires (Youth, Wyrd) with illustrations from Jacoby Salcedo (Home, Angel Boy), colors by Mark Dale, and letters from Micah Myers.
When his parents go out of town for the weekend, Mexican-American high schooler Javi decides to throw a party-one that’ll launch him and his buds into popularity! Or at least get them noticed by some girls. But when things take a turn for the worse, Javi and his friends are thrust into a situation and future they could have never possibly prepared for.
Although this new Dark Horse series has drawn comparisons to Tyler Boss and Mathew Rosenberg‘s What’s The Furthest Place From Here and James Tynion IV‘s The Nice House on the Lake, It’s Only Teenage Wasteland sets itself apart from the others. However, we could use a shorter name for some of these comics.
We have all read or seen parents away kids will play type stories where a bunch of teens through a party when their parents are out of town. However, this story goes a little different and has a hell of a cliffhanger to boot.
Classic animation-style artwork from Salcedo with a unique story from Pires gives us a great new series with no real idea on where it is headed, in a good way.
In this debut issue we get introduced to the main characters and start to get an emotional attachment. This allows the book to give us more meaning and hope to the rest of the story. It’s Only Teenage Wasteland #1 hit shelves at your local comic shop on December 7 with the follow up issue coming January 4, 2023.