You know how the space stations you see in things like Mass Effect and Elysium are always bright and shiny and full of fancy futuristic tech? Habitat takes place on one of those stations, only everything has gone to shit.
Set decades after an event that somehow isolated them from the outside world/universe, it depicts what’s left of a space station’s inhabitants, struggling to survive as they’ve been reduced to bands of warring cannibals and cavemen.
Whatever technology from the station’s functioning days remains (or remains working) is now revered as God-like or hoarded for special purposes. Few can even remember why they’re there, where the station is or what they were doing on it.
Hank Cho is one of those people. He’s a new recruit in HabSec, which in a previous life was Habitat Security, but is now a rag-tag collection of brigands and cannibals, reliant on one of the station’s few remaining 3D printers to provide them with crude weaponry.
Habitat follows the adventures of Hank as he has a very bad day, and then another, setting off a chain of events that not only introduce us to most of the station’s surviving inhabitants, but which threaten to completely overturn the established order amongst the survivors.
Written and drawn by Simon Roy, Habitat originally ran as a series in the also-excellent Island, but is now available in its own collection. I can’t recommend it enough; Roy’s design work is fantastic, especially when it comes to the station’s lumbering robots and ruined architecture.
It’s also just a cool story about a guy caught up in a real bad adventure. There aren’t any long-winded expositions here, or dwellings on the nature of man and the history of the station. Any larger story is kept brief or told slowly through the environment, while we’re whisked along on a trip that’s light, funny and manages to wrap itself up quite nicely despite the collection’s relative brevity (it’s only 96 pages).