The founders of the survivalist colony Safe Haven are sure that the end of civilization is at hand. Economic collapse, natural disaster, civil war — they're prepared for it all in their underground compound deep in the woods of America's northeast. But, in SHELTERED, the new series from Image Comics by Ed Brisson (COMEBACK) and Johnnie Christmas, the threat to their existence comes from a source they never expected: their own children.
Coming in July, SHELTERED follows the consequences after Safe Haven's younger generation, raised in paranoia and isolation, rebel against their parents and take over the compound. Two leaders emerge from the rebellion: the teenagers Lucas, who led the revolt, and Victoria, who leads another group of kids in their escape. With Victoria set to expose Safe Haven, Lucas and his faction are determined to hunt her and her group down before they reach the nearest town, forty miles away through dangerous wilderness.
The idea for SHELTERED grew out of Brisson's interest in end-of-world scenarios. "Initially, I was researching preppers — people who are actively preparing for natural disasters, nuclear war, societal breakdown — to get and idea of how people would be able to survive any of the above,” said the writer. "My initial idea was to do a post-apocalyptic story. Through my research, I started to get obsessed with the culture — from the outside! I don't own a bunker! — and how it would affect children raised in that sort of environment.”
With the art, Christmas strives to capture the isolation of the setting and the individuality of each character. "We're going to be facing down the apocalypse with these people, it's important to really get a sense of who they are and what they're capable of,” he said. "These kids aren't even out of high school, but they are probably the most prepared folks on earth, when it comes to riding out the end of the world.”