Morningstar Inc. and the Grace Corporation are two rival businesses. When Grace attempts a hostile takeover, a gentleman by the name of Mr. Abaddon is called in to clean things up. What takes place next is a thrill ride of literally biblical proportions as the Book of Revelations meets Wall Street with a little Die Hard thrown in for good measure. Actually, a lot of Die Hard, now that I think about it.
The Apocalypse Plan plays out like a big screen action flick full of big business, backstabbing and plenty of blood n’ guts. Writer Rafael Nieves has reinterpreted the Book of Revelations to fit with modern sensibilities and packed it with wickedly smart dialogue, unforgettable characters and a dark sense of humor that runs throughout. Dan Dougherty’s straightforward art works well with the story: there’s a real subtlety to his style which grounds the book with a sense of realism as it enters into more fantastical territory. He’s not flashy, but he hits all the right emotional notes and delivers the impact exactly when he needs to.
I did have a bit of a problem with the “coloring” on the book – it’s a black and white book that’s sort of shaded with graytones… the end result doesn’t look bad, but kind of has the appearance of being copied at your local Kinko’s. This may be an issue with the printing process or it may simply be that the artists’ style just doesn’t jive with my own tastes. Either way, it’s barely enough to warrant a mention and certainly doesn’t spoil the book.
I found it somewhat challenging to write a review of this book without spoiling anything because so much of what I loved about it lies in the details. I want to tell you exactly why it’s so awesome but at the same time, I’m recommending that you pick it up and I don’t want to ruin any aspects of the story. So here goes nothin’ …
One of the beauties of The Apocalypse Plan is that it while it obviously deals with notions of Heaven and Hell, good and evil and the Christian idea of God, it really ought to appeal to readers who are educated on the subject matter and those who are not. If you’re looking for an action-packed thriller with plenty of mythological and fantasy elements, The Apocalypse Plan fits that bill nicely. And if you’re familiar with the stories and concepts that Nieves is drawing upon, it goes without saying that there are plenty of little biblical and historical references in this book that should pique your interest. Some are a little easier to pick up than others, but all-in-all, nothing is so obscure or obtuse that it takes a Biblical scholar to decipher it.
Also, for those familiar with the sacred ground being tread upon, the basic plot follows the Book of Revelations, but Nieves puts some twists on it - not only by putting it in the corporate world, but by posing some very interesting questions regarding the nature of the whole business. Despite pitting God against Satan, this isn’t a story where good and evil are depicted in simple, black and white terms.
The battle for the fate of the world is, like any other war, one in which many hands are soiled and much blood is spilled. Subterfuge and guerilla warfare are utilized by both sides and in the end, the major players fill roles quite different from their traditional depictions. Nieves challenges our expectations and forces us to view these characters is a different light than we’re accustomed to, but not for a single moment does the relentless action suffer. The Apocalypse Plan satisfies students of theosophy while delivering non-stop action from cover to cover.
The Apocalypse Plan is available now through Transfuzion Publishing’s website. I’d definitely recommend that you check it out by following this link.