What is Drafted?
Drafted was originally an 10 part mini-series developed by Mark Powers and Chris Lie for Devil’s Due Publishing in 2007. It was acclaimed at the time, with several collector editions being issued along with a one-shot comic featuring President Obama. Devil’s Due Publishing has been teasing the return of the comic for some time. Sources conflict if the comic will be rebooted or the new issues will be an continuation. The graphic novel that combines the mini-series opens with Earth as we know today, and we are introduced the cast of characters that we will be following throughout the story: an artist, Israeli soldier, President of the US, the First Lady, an New York City brother and sister, three holy men, and a EMT, an female Afghan guerrilla, and a noted psychologist. As the book opens, wild earthquakes, sandstorms, and nosebleeds are happening across the globe. Then the alien coalition make an appearance and tell the peoples of Earth simultaneously that war is coming and that all people of Earth will be needed for the coming war. Millions are teleported away like the Rapture to an awaiting massive alien starship. This is basic training, and it conducting by an armored alien warrior. Drafted then moved to tell the tale of both the people drafted and the people left behind as the war against the Worldeaters unfoldes.
This may be highly subjective, but I feel that the original art style in the first issues is just not good for a transmitter of the story and setting. Detail is lacking, and it is too cartoony to be taken completely serious. It does not help that one of the main characters is too manga for his own good, along with reminding me of Gear School. During the latter portions of the graphic novel, the art switches to a more realistic and grittier style, but the art lacks contrast and appears too dark. This is a minor bitch here, but things like this bother me: wrong weapons. During the early portion of the book prior to the drafting, Afghan fighters and American Special Forces are both drawn with the wrong weapons. The Afghans are armed with CAR-15 like Commando Carbines and the American Special Forces team sent into sand covered Jerusalem wields AKS74s with all manner of goodies on them, which the US SOF units would not be using. One of my big complains with the graphic novel is the big bad enemy of the aliens that came to Earth to draft soldiers for the interstellar war: the worldeaters. They are nasty looking space worms that appear conjured from HR Giger’s daydreams and are too over-the-top for their own good, and lack any kind of military presence or realism. Also, this design of the Worldeaters lack the foundation for the big plot twist at the end of the graphic novel.
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