As well as the Watchmen comic, the Cold War of the 1980’s saw a plethora of outstanding comics that, while they don’t get the life that Dr. Manhattan and his chums do, contributed in some small part to the groundswell of report for ‘grown up’ comics by tackling the fears and paranoia of the day as we stood on the brink of the abyss and potential nuclear annihilation.
And, one oft-times overlooked inclusion in this niche sub-genre must surely be Rich Veitch’s The One, which is about to be reprinted an rereleased by IDW this February. It was always a hard graphic novel to find, although I did eventually, so this newly minted offering should be welcomed by comic book fans who enjoy challenging and often horrific subject matter, and representations of said subject matter, both young and old.
The One is a world-spanning, continent-crushing, over-the-top adventure story that brings the United States and Russia to the brink of annihilation…from both nuclear warheads and crazed superheroes-run-amok! Originally published in the mid-80s during the height of tensions between American capitalism and Soviet era communism, The One depicts a nation on the brink of World War III, presenting a shocking worldview which very much mirrors today’s hostile political climate.
In fact, this series, released with very little fanfare at the time, predates both Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns, but is equally as heavy hitting and serious in its subject matter. And, out again this February!