Apocalypsia by Jerry J. C. Veit
This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a demonic uprising. And it isn’t pretty. Enter Kito, Amiku, Adrian, and Nydia into the remains of a land gone rogue: welcome to Apocalypsia. Jerry J.C. Veit’s screenplay literally brings the black messengers of death from Hell to what once was Earth. Through internal sabotage, humanity lost their last great war and civilization has dissolved. Four strangers stumble into each other and form a shaky alliance in order to fight back once more. Just when their band seems to be making progress, evidence arises that suggests the true enemy has yet to reveal themselves. When the threat fully unleashes, friend will turn into foe, and the era of man may truly be over. The foursome must put aside their distrust and awaken their own innate abilities in order to survive. Unbeknownst to them, Kito has a few demons of his own to conquer, and the enemy won’t hesitate to take advantage of that deadly fact.
What J. C. Veit does in the time of dystopian action movies is fully dive into the fantastical element without losing the Earthen setting. Goblins, zombies, spirits, and demons have had their run of the world, carving an unnatural wasteland out of it and wiping out much of the population. The humans that are left fight in any way they know how. Combining makeshift weapons and swords with AKVs, the effort is very human. Instead of simply cutting down mindless monsters, they soon uncover a larger plot and make a last stand against the horde once and for all. However, there are a few drawbacks to the screenplay format. Fantasy fans may find the switch between lines of dialogue and description a little bare. Most of the characters’ feelings and actions are clearly explained to the reader, which removes the element of surprise from the story. Problems are dealt with in a straightforward test of strength, but on paper it is harder to visualize the battles. In this case, longtime fantasy fans might desire a more complex structure and unexpected twists to the apocalypse story they know well. Still, Veit tracks each character arc from infancy to redemption so no strings are left hanging. Apocalypisa is a wild ride through magic and bullet fights.
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