Snowpiercer Vol. 1: The Escape

snowpiercerAfter 30 years, the wait is finally over, the French sci-fi graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette has now been translated into English.  Inspired by reading the graphic novel, Korean director Bong Joon-Ho turned it into the film Snowpiercer which stars Chris Evans, Jamie Bell and Ed Harris.  Snowpiercer Vol. 1 – The Escape takes place in a post-apocalyptic Earth where the entire planet has been covered in ice and the only human survivors are left are on a train that runs forever.

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Instead of stopping global warming, an experiment goes awfully wrong and turned the Earth into an icy cold planet.  The only protection is a massive train with 1,001 carriages named the Snowpiercer.  The train is powered by a perpetual-motion engine and keeps the last human survivors alive.  Over the years, a hierarchy developed where the elite rich stayed in front of the train, the middle-class in the middle, and the poor in the back of the train.  As time past, the poor in the back are left to fend for themselves and ghetto-like living conditions develop.  The poor revolt and try to gain control from the elite; all the while a refugee named Proloff is determined to fight his way to the front.

snowpiercer 01I’m used to having color in my comics, but the black & white drawings by Jean-Marc Rochette perfectly fits this sci-fi epic.  As I read and flip through each page, I found myself rooting for Proloff and Adeline to reach the top of the train and crush the “elite.”  While reading, I noticed so many questions came up, such as, like how did scientists throw Earth into another Ice Age?  Who built this massive train?  Is the train crossing around the world, and if so, who built all these tracks?  There’s just so many freaking questions!  Well, I guess I’ll have to wait for the second volume – Snowpiercer Vol. 2:  The ExplorersSnowpiercer Vol. 1:  The Escape – it’s absolutely one of the most interesting reads in the past year!


Graphic Novel:  Snowpiercer Vol 1. – The Escape

Author:  Jacques Lob

Artist:  Jean-Marc Rochette

Publisher:  Titan Comics

MSRP:  $19.99USD

Available:  January 28, 2014

For Mature Readers


  1. […] After reading it, I felt a disconnect, these are basically two very different stories.  I was hoping the second chapter would build upon the first chapter, but I’m left unsatisfied.  Like how did this Ice Age happen on Earth?  What governments, scientists or corporations were involved in this disaster?  Who built these Snowpiercer trains?  Who built the train tracks and how do these tracks survive the harsh winter weather?  Questions and more questions abound!  For example, I’ve been reading Dark Horse’s comic The Massive by Brian Wood, also about a post-apocalyptic earth and this sci-fi epic seems more plausible, because Brain Wood has taken the time to tell a back story of how everything happened, unlike here in The Explorers.  Snowpiercer 2:  The Explorers is okay yarn to read in one sitting with some good sci-fi elements, but it doesn’t have the panache of Snowpiercer 1:  The Escape. […]

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