Survival Reality Shows have become a staple on many a cable or network programming. Not to mention the many books and films that use such concepts as a building block of their stories. One need only look at such books as The Hunger Games to see this thematic device in full display.
It is this kind of contest that is in play for Mad Cave Studios upcoming, Natures Labyrinth. Written by Zac Thompson and drawn by Baleigh Underwood, in this series, it is the criminal element that takes part in the challenge. “In a battle royale style game, eight mostly violent felons will fight for survival and to the death over the course of three days of relentless action.” The players are all after the ultimate prize. The winner receives wealth or riches and complete anonymity, but at the cost of keeping their silence about the island’s existence. The losers…well they aren’t around to worry about what they did or didn’t get.
Another of the rules of the competition is once you are in, there is no changing your mind. Each “player” is outfitted with a camera rig that must remain on the victim…I mean the player. Any attempt to remove it will engage the rig’s defenses and that player will meet an untimely end. Nothing worse than seeing a player fall apart…literally.
The playfield is a jungle maze that can change its format at the behest of those technicians controlling it. Again, a reflection of the Hunger Games with a taste of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire thrown in. For those playing, it is a constant reminder that a wrong step, a poorly chosen path can mean the end. For the eight competitors, it is also an opportunity for freedom above all else.
Meet the Contestants
There are 8 contestants in all. Each given a nickname, and all referred to as “flourishing.” These are the players who will be competing against each other to survive. Some will work together. Some will not. That is the…well…nature of Nature’s Labyrinth.
Mad Cave Studios Natures Labyrinth #1 by Writer Zac Thompson, Artist Baleigh Underwood, Colorist Warnia Sahadewa, and Letterer Rus Wooten, is available on the MadCave Studios Subscription Site on November 1st.
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