Fireball No 3
In “Fireball No. 3: The Real Deal,” author Joab Stieglitz takes us on a thrilling ride in a world balancing on the precipice of the unknown. We follow Lizzie, a woman who carries the weight of her past actions, a potent mix of courage and willingness to step into the uncharted paths. Aided by the meticulous planning of the seasoned Robert, Lizzie embarks on an undercover mission to Venus—a place known only to harbor women, a place holding the raw material to change the face of Earth, yet holding within it untamed dangers and secrets yet uncovered.
Stieglitz’s portrayal of a dystopian society that has come to heavily rely on the otherworldly substance, V-coal, drawn from the unforgiving environment of Venus, mirrors the economic disparities and environmental degradation of the early industrial age, amplified through the lens of a gritty sci-fi setting. In Scranton, a city transformed by the industrial windfall from Venus, we witness the juxtaposition of unimaginable wealth and abject poverty, painting a bleak picture of humanity’s relentless pursuit of resources at the expense of its own kind and its surroundings.
We plunge into the underbelly of a community operating on survival instincts, driven by greed, lust, and an unyielding desire for power. Through Rosie’s tough exterior and her unapologetic frankness, we glimpse the cold, harsh world of Venus, a place stripped of humanity, where the weak are trampled and only the toughest survive. Rosie acts as a beacon of raw, unfiltered truth, pulling no punches as she prepares Lizzie for the ruthless environment of Fireball.
As Lizzie stands on the brink of her journey to Venus, encapsulated in a crate destined for the unknown, the readers too are held captive, locked in with the sense of dread, anticipation, and the quiet promise of ‘alternatives’ in Fireball. Stieglitz builds the tension expertly, leaving us with an atmosphere dense with fear and uncertainty, encapsulating the raw human instinct of survival in the face of insurmountable odds.
In this serial zine, Joab Stieglitz takes us deep into a world devoid of warmth yet burning with unyielding fiery passions, a world teetering on the edge of hell and hope, forcing us to question the lengths one can go to survive and possibly, to find redemption in the unforgiving bowels of Fireball. The nail-biting journey that unfurls in “Fireball No. 3: The Real Deal” promises to take its readers on a dark, gritty, and riveting adventure through the depths of human courage, desperation, and the fervent hope to carve out a space in a world that is as hostile as it is enigmatic. This issue sets the stage for a heart-stopping series that is sure to leave readers gasping for breath and hungry for more.