‘The son of Death, Babylon, learns the true value of life and decides the fate of the world in the mysterious place called ‘The Dead Wood.’ The Apocalypse: Year Two continues…”
Cheerily subtitled ‘This is Why We Kill’, East of West #19 opens on Babylon (the innocent and naive child of Death) having to kill an animal for food. For the son of the Grim Reaper, he’s surprisingly apprehensive. Death, it seems, is in the nurture.
Which is what his malevolent robot balloon best friend is for. Balloon finally reveals his mission to Babylon - “to mold you into a man…and a very specific kind of man at that.” The first lesson is murder. Think that’s harsh? You should try Ms. Hollingsworth’s Year 10 Geography class.
There’s a wonderful double page spread mid-way through, with rectangular panels full of flashing black and red as Babylon,