Nuclear Winter Is A ‘Lighthearted’ Look At Life Post-Fallout
by Hannah Means Shannon
Boom! Studios has announced the first volume of Nuclear Winter, described as a “humorous, slice of life” original graphic novel that just happens to be set in a version of Montreal that’s been sunk in “eternal winter” with “radioactive snow”.
Canadian cartoonist Cab brings us a story of a young woman “just trying to survive her twenties in Montreal” during the aftermath of “an accident at the local nuclear power plant that occurred nine years ago”. Flavie Beaumont is a mail courier on snowmobile “who’s carved out a pretty normal life for herself despite mutant rivals, eclectic urban wildlife, and unrelenting meteorological events”.
I’ve always loved the more cartoony spin on nuclear energy, be it the Simpsons power plant, glowing radioactive ooze, or anything marked with the radiation sign. But beyond the humorous sci-fi aspect of the story, I wanted to show the love-hate relationship Montrealers have with their winter. Most people who hear the premise of a never-ending winter get weak in the knees at the thought! In the end, it’s all about a slightly off version of where I live—with an extra few feet of snow and a few glowing clouds!
Nuclear Winter Volume One is bring printed with the Boom! Box imprint, and Editor Shannon Watters says:
I’m a massive fan of Canadian cartoonists, and Cab’s work on NUCLEAR WINTER is gorgeous, engaging, and entertaining, with plenty of regional charm and character, along with a healthy helping of pure joy.
Print copies of the English-language debut of Nuclear Winter Volume One will be available for sale in May 2018 at local comic book shops and booksellers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.