Story: Rick Remender
Art: Matteo Scalera
Painted Art: Dean White
Lettering: Russ Wooton
This was quite an interesting comic to read. In this story, a guy named Grant has convinced his wife that it would be beneficial for them to delve into the world of “Black Science”. This choice, which from the story we gather was not a good one, leads to a whole mess of things. So, the scientific research culminates in a group of people having figured out a way to go explore another planet…or universe, I haven’t quite figured out which. But, this is a very odd place. It’s got gigantic turtles (very reminiscent of the turtle in the movie Neverending Story) and huge frogs that seem to rule things, reptiles riding dragon type creatures, just all kinds of weird stuff.
Apparently, Grant and his wife took their kids on this little trip along with a bunch of other people. Grant and his wife are outside getting fresh water for their travel machine, called the Pillar, can take off again at it’s soon scheduled time. In the process of this excursion, they encounter all these creatures who are, understandably, trying to kill them. I mean, if other beings from other planets came to Earth we all know that, as the planet civilization, we would try to destroy them and see them coming here as a threat. So, they are out trying to find this fresh water while, in the meantime, the travel party is anxiously waiting for them to return because takeoff is imminent.
These creatures that attack them end up killing his wife. But Grant scoops up her body and they get back to their “ship”. They take off while some guy named Kadir is ranting on and on about who’s fault this all is and blah, blah, blah. But, when they land again, they are not home. They’ve landed on a planet where there is an all-out war of mass proportions going on.
Now, that’s the issue in a nutshell. Of course, this was an issue where there was so much said but truly, not a lot of information given to bring it all together. However, it was a real page turner and I now have to find the second issue because I want to know how this all came about and comes together.
I will also say that there is a lot, and I do mean a lot, of science talk and technical jargon being thrown around and since, honestly, science in general was never my strong suit, I had a little difficulty following the story. I’m sure someone who is a fan of science-fiction and knows more about physics and such would understand more. (Chemistry was my best science subject. Physics was my worst.) But, it is an interesting idea, nonetheless.
The artwork in this issue is phenomenal. Bright and colorful, great detail and a lot of imagination. It’s truly a beautiful book of art even if it turns out that you don’t like the story.
Regardless, it did its job. I want the second issue. It’s from 2014 so it might be a little harder to find. But it’s by Image First Comics and that usually means there are copies floating around out there.
We’ll see what happens. Thanks for reading!