Last week we brought you an interview with creator Nick Andors, and this week Black Ship Books brings a review of Mr. Andors’ acclaimed creation, A Frozen World. A Frozen World is a graphic novel composed of four stories, or “links”, all centered around characters who live in the violent, corrupt city of Irongates, which is like a futuristic dystopian version of New York City. Andors does a good job of tying each link together and each individual story demonstrates some aspect of the character of Irongates itself through the eyes of the characters the reader is introduced to.
The first link opens with one nightly venture of a scavenger with a need for nicotine. It is in this link that we learn about the 11pm to 6am lockdown that takes place every night in Irongates. The second link follows an 86-year-old body patrolman named Geoffrey whose pregnant wife was murdered on their wedding day. Here, the audience learns how desensitized the citizens of Irongates are to the violence and learn about one of the worst public service jobs unique to this fictional city. This story does feature one of the only characters in the book who demonstrates the best qualities of humanity in his own twisted way of preserving the feelings and memory of the only woman he ever loved. The third link, which is probably my favorite in the book, focuses on a vigilante named Anneka. The reader sees the transformation of the fearful, sickly young Anneka into the coldblooded executioner of organized crime drivers and predators of the night. This story is definitely the darkest of the four but the character development is great and getting inside Anneka’s head makes the character that much more relatable. The fourth and final link centers on the routine of an inventor with a secret.
For me, the conclusion of the book kind of leaves something to be desired, but it has already been confirmed that this book is a one-shot deal. Andors does a great job in storytelling and his illustrations greatly compliment the narrative. I think the book highlights four of the greatest desires for many people: freedom, love, power, and immortality. The final bit from the perspective of Ivan, the inventor, just doesn’t clinch it for me and deliver the ending I would have wanted to wrap everything up, but it is what it is. I just feel like there is more to be explored in Irongates and plenty more stories to tell, so hopefully Andors does not disappoint and one day decides to take readers on at least one more trip to Irongates in the near dystopian future.