Friday, July 4, 2014
Comic Review: Planetoid
A quick flip through this book at the comic shop made me take note, but I didn’t have any spare cash, so I moved on. However, last Free Comic Book Day, while doing the usual shop crawl with co-Dork Brad, I spotted it again. I try to buy something at each shop I visit on that day (kinda part of the whole point), so I picked this up. I’ve been in a slightly more pronounced science fiction mood than usual this past couple weeks, so I sat down to read this one.
I love this kind of thing. A guy crash lands on a planet that seems like one giant junk-heap, ruin. It reminds me a bit of the city/world/ship from Morbus Gravis. Creatures and people scraping out a living on the surface of this hostile world. And nasty robot killing machines doing who knows what. Yup. Cool. The story does not go in the direction I anticipated, and the way it does play out is very cool. This volume works perfectly well as a stand alone, but it makes me want to see more.
The art isn’t necessarily amazing, but it’s good. Sometimes very good. And some of the concepts are awesome. A good combination, creating some very evocative moments. And it's competently written. Having read a few critically lauded comics recently where I found the writing to be atrocious, competency is nice. It's not Shakespeare, but the words flow and the dialog works. Author/artist Ken Garing has crafted something very cool here, and I'm excited to see what comes next. This is a setting that begs for more stories. For science fiction fans, this is book is highly recommended.
Author/Artist: Ken Garing
Publisher: Image Comics
-Matthew J. Constantine