Written by: Matt Molgaard
Snowpiercer: The Escape has generally been embraced as a solid science fiction graphic novel. However, I see an assortment of genres fused together to create what must be considered one of the more ingenious tales to surface this side of the century turn. A bit of action, a bit of science fiction and a bit of post-apocalyptic terror, author Jacques Lob manufactures an engraining tale of impending doom and general contemplation of life. How strong a desire would you have to push through another day if you were forced to live cramped among countless filthy, malnourished and downtrodden individuals, each feeling as hopeless as yourself? Would you feel gratified if you were afforded the right to a train car loaded with promiscuous women and mind altering drugs? Just, for one moment, imagine being trapped in a train forever, in general.
Such is the plight of earth’s few survivors and the inhabitants of The Snowpiercer, a near self-sufficient train of more than 1,000 cars. The engine never ceases to run, but the food situation is tricky and the population limitation is only trickier. One man is determined to learn more of the train, its many differing classes and the truth of the front of the train, where the “upper class” reside, and where the engine keeps the remains of humanity safe from the deathly cold of the outside world. What happens when the world freezes over? The Snowpiercer holds the answers and they’re not all enlightening.
A seamless collision of riveting work from illustrator Jean-Marc Rochette and writer Jacques Lob lead to one of the most gratifying dystopian pieces I’ve encountered, ever. The sheer inventiveness of the story is awe inspiring and the refinement of both Lob and Rochette’s craft far surpasses admirable. This is the kind of story that inspires creative minds. It’s the kind of story that spawns next-generation brilliance. While the graphic novel differs in many ways from the film, it’s every bit as engrossing. Having now been gifted the chance to absorb the masterful Snowpiercer: The Escape, I’m absolutely itching to get my hands on the follow-up, Snowpiercer: The Explorers.