In 2011 the worst earthquake in Japan’s history breached the coastal Fukushima Daiichi power plant causing three of its four nuclear reactors to melt down. Forced evacuations followed as the event released enough radioactive material into the air, ground and water to force officials to set up an “exclusion zone” effectively sealing off the land for what may well be the rest of human history.
But that’s only if you don’t have the right connections and the desire to experience catastrophe, failure and misery as it really is. Enter Disaster Inc., an underground tourism outfit intent on helping the people of means, secrets and agendas explore the dark corners and off-the-map attractions typical tour groups won’t go to. Only Fukushima, known for it’s famed warrior class and their protection of the land and people dating back to ancient times, is full of deadly surprises and old ghosts.
This is the premise of the new book Disaster Inc. from AfterShock Comics.
Written by Joe Harris, with art from Sebastian Piriz, the book follows a group of disaster tourists who charter Disaster Inc. to guide them through this dangerous no-entry zone.
Joe Harris explains his inspiration for the book in his own words: “When I was a film student, I became a big fan of Akira Kurosawa movies, Toshoro Mifune and stories of the Samurai. I re-read Frank Millers’ Ronin as much as any other comic series I grew up adoring.”
The book itself looks set to be a mash up of Samurai assassins , supernatural horror and bloody battles.
We were lucky enough to get a brief look at some of the artwork, and the crisp clean lines and colours offset the frightening blood-red Samurais that haunt the landscape.
Disaster Inc. looks set for release in early April and is full colour, 32 pages for $4.99.
Louie Fecou reviews films, tv shows and comics for Ready Steady Cut, HC Movie Reviews and We Have A Hulk. He currently runs his own business in between watching films.