From the archives of Dark Horse Comics comes ‘Briggs Land: State of Grace,’ the first graphic novel volume in a comic book series, It is written by Brian Wood with artwork by Mack Chater and coloring by Lee Loughridge and Jeremy Colwell.
Briggs Land is a successionist movement territory and breeding ground for domestic terrorism is worth a lot of money. Their incarcerated leader Jim Briggs wants to sell it to the local government in order to be released, but his wife Grace decides to take a leadership role in the community. This sparks open rebellion as she tries to lead with the aid of her three oldest sons, some more volatile than the others. Meanwhile, two ATF Agents, one with a personal stake, are keeping a close eye on Briggs Land.
The artwork matches the grim story. The style that the creators used compliments how everything unfolds and rallies around the tension. I also found the action sequences particularly well-paced and designed.
I also liked the story that Brian Wood crafted. The plot had lots of compelling characters. Grace is, of course, the standout character. I do wish it would explore more why she decided to stand up to her husband and to the leaders of the community. That being said, the interactions and the events keep you hooked to the comic book.
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