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Roche Limit #2

Roche Limit #2 Cover Art

Roche Limit #2 Cover Art

Wow.

Whatever calm, flat, and introductory approach Ferrier might have had to issue #1 is gone. Issue #2 opens with another soliloquy by Skaargard, a one-page reminder of the plot lines left open in the last issue, and then we jump on the high speed train. He takes three of those plot lines and weaves them together in such a way that I believe I know what is going on, but I have no idea what is going to happen. Every character gets their own bit of development, answering questions, refining previous answers, and uncovering new questions. That last plot arc–it gets blown up into, I’m guessing, the linchpin that will hold this whole story together.

I really can’t say enough good things about this issue, I don’t know who is on the good team or the bad team anymore, but I just discovered the evil team and I can’t wait to see them meet. 5/5, awesome.

 

Posted by on January 23, 2015 in Comics

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Roche Limit #1

Roche Limit #1 Cover Art

Roche Limit #1 Cover Art

Roche Limit tells the story of the first human colony off earth–Roche Limit–built inside a rocky dwarf planet called Dispater. Unlike classic sci-fi, Roche Limit does not become a well-adjusted society dedicated to the furthering of human endeavors, but instead becomes a microcosm of the expected human experience. The rich have staked out their region of Roche Limit, and left the rest to become a crime lord controlled cesspool of poverty.

Ferrier does a great job of telling a story already in progress, while giving us glimpses of the detailed world he has created. Issue #1 introduces Sonya, and ex-cop who has arrived on Roche Limit looking for her dissapeared sister. She is reluctantly aided by Alex Ford after her blunt investigation tactics find her on the wrong side of Mr. Moscow–a presumed crime lord.

The first issue is all introduction with very little depth added to the story, so there isn’t really much to talk about other than the story is interesting and shows promise. Boyd’s art adds tension and texture to Ferrier’s somewhat flat prose, and stylistically transitions between flashback, present time, and hallucination. Overall, I like where this title is headed and eagerly await #2, 4/5.

 

Posted by on January 14, 2015 in Comics

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Copperhead #1

Copperhead #1 Cover Art

Copperhead #1 Cover Art

As soon as I saw the cover art for Copperhead #1, I was interested. As soon as I read the preview, I was excited. Copperhead promised to be Sci-Fi the way it should be done: as a backdrop to an otherwise normal human story.

Issues #1 doesn’t pull any punches. In the first six pages we get a rapid-fire look at Clara Bronson, the new Sheriff in Copperhead. She’s a single mother, she recently had to move for unknown but serious reasons, she has an absentee or deceased husband she still loves, she’s world-weary, she doesn’t care for male chauvinism or male heroics, and she can kick some ass.

The rest of the issue doesn’t slow down, and Faerber does a great job of showing us an interesting, alien world that works surprisingly like ours. The detailed backgrounds, both in the narrative and in Godlewski’s panels, teases but leaves us wanting more. The issue covers a domestic disturbance, and later an unsolved multiple homicide at the same residence, two kids looking for a missing dog in the dangerous badlands, an over-eager mining tycoon looking to get the new sheriff on his side, and ends with a single shot of a dark, armed stranger.

Copperhead lived up to, and surpassed my hopes. A western sci-fi in similar flavor to Firefly, with interesting characters in unique situations, a detailed world with a deep backstory, and most importantly real human problems. I can’t wait for the next issue, 5/5.

 

Posted by on January 12, 2015 in Comics

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