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Review: Blue Submarine #6

Blue Submarine #6 is a short series taking place after a global cataclysm. A mad scientist has melted the polar ice caps, raising the sea level to the point where most of the world’s surface is now ocean. This had the unfortunate side effect of killing most of humanity, so he took the precaution of creating sentient marine (and some sentient land) animals in the best traditions of Dr. Moreau. These creatures are fighting a war with the remaining humans, and winning–they are innumerable, undetectable, and nearly invincible.

Humanity is somewhat peeved at all these developments, and has sent a pair of submarine battle fleets towards a now-tropical Antarctica, where the geneticist lives, armed with nuclear weapons enough to scourge the last remaining land on the planet arid. However, they also send the series’ heroes: a ‘cowboy’ expert in piloting the underwater equivalent to fighter aircraft, and a female love interest for him. Their mission: to go talk to the scientist to find out why he killed everyone.

Eventually, they get to him, and discover the dark secret: this was all a test of humanity. Sufficiently developed people wouldn’t go to war over so silly a reason as having 99% of their population murdered, surely? Advanced civilizations would learn to live with the planet’s new inhabitants as equals. He also reveals that he’s set up a system such that if for some reason his plantation (Antarctica is now tropical) is nuked, his machinery will stop the motion of the Earth’s core, removing its magnetic field, which will have the side effect of allowing solar radiation to scour the surface clean of life.

Our heroes, being heroes, shoot him then with a pistol. The cowboy then acts as a punching bag for a giant mutated rat for about five minutes, until the rat drowns itself. Then, everyone lives happily ever after.

This series makes no sense at all. To further matters, the art conflicts with itself; it seems to be an early experiment in the use of CGI in combination with traditional hand-drawn art. It does not go well. In short, this series is good if you can bring yourself to focus on the occasionally beautiful pictures in lieu of any sort of reasonable plot.

Genre: post-apocalyptic thriller
Emotion: oh come on now
BTFS: .32

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