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Comicscape: Image Comics Sci-Fi Quartet

Blinded by science

By Joel Rickenbach     November 28, 2012
Source: Mania.com

It has been a very good year for Sci-Fi comics. There have been more new and original science fiction themed books on the shelves than any year I can remember. From the brave new world of ideas that is Brian K Vaughan’s Saga, to the desolate tech landscape of Planetoid, and our scary possible ecological future of The Massive, there have been books to match any disciple of Isaac Asimov or Philip K Dick’s tastes. Many publishers have provided the bounty, but one in particular has really stepped up its game- Image Comics. Besides being responsible for two of the three books mentioned above, Image has launched four new Sci-Fi books in November alone- Comeback, Clone, Great Pacific and Nowhere Men. It was actually Nowhere Men, which hits shelves today, that spurred me to write this article. I’ve been tracking its gestation, and its concept really got me hooked- What if scientists were as big as The Beatles? What if “Science is the new Rock and Roll” as the book’s tag line suggests? Four celebrity scientists, whose work has ushered in a new age of enlightenment, decide to join forces and create a company known as World Corp. Unfortunately, working together may have not been the best idea, and something goes horribly wrong. That’s as much as I know, but that little taste coupled with the key art and preview pages, has me primed to pick up the first issue on my trip to the shop on Wednesday. The other thing looking into Nowhere Men did was draw my attention to some of the other books Image has on their slate this month, and after checking them out I can absolutely recommend all of them. Sci-Fi fans, or fans of good comics in general, buckle up- there’s some trips worth taking.

 

Comeback #1 by Ed Brisson, Michael Walsh and Jordie Bellaire- Late one evening, two men knock on the door of a suburban home. They claim to be from a utility company, but the resident, Mr. Fields, isn’t so sure. It’s a bit late for a service call, so he tells the gentleman at his door that he is going to call the utility company to confirm. The jig is up, and the two men force their way in, knocking Mr. Fields unconscious. They tie him up, toss him in an unmarked van, and leave for parts unknown. When Mr. Fields comes to, he obviously wants answers. The driver tells him they are actually doing him a favor, in fact- his family hired them to do this. Much like the utility company story- Mr. Fields remains skeptical. They arrive at a nondescript warehouse, and enter some sort of vault. Inside is a glowing hourglass shaped device. Mr. Fields captor takes off his restraints, and advises him to shield his eyes. There’s a brilliant flash of white light, but other than that nothing seems changed. The captor informs him that they just traveled 62 days into the future. Mr. Fields is probably still skeptical, but it’s too late. His body begins to expand, bubbling over like a boiling pot, until he explodes. His captor, covered in blood and gory bits, sums things up- “shit.”

 
Comeback is the story of an illegal time travel company called Reconnect. The company has agents that will travel back in time to reverse tragedy, bringing loved ones who have met untimely ends safely into the future. Of course, it isn’t cheap, and it comes with a long list of things that can potentially go wrong. What’s great about this book is how it puts you right into the action. So many times heady concepts like these get bogged down with their own explanation, but Comeback gives us what we need to know by actually doing it. It shows us these ideas, sometimes a bit out of context, and keeps moving forward. All the while the book keeps throwing interesting ideas at you- recreating accidents, body swapping, going even further into the past to correct mistakes, like the one that happened to Mr. Fields (turns out he had a tumor he failed to mention when hiring Reconnect in the future). All of these ideas keep the reader hooked and curious, I know I sure am, and something tells me you will be too.

 

Clone by David Schulner, Juan Jose Ryp and Felix Serrano- Through the dark streets of a neighborhood a man is being chased. His pursuer catches up to him, but the man is able to break free. He takes off into the night only to turn a corner, and right into the barrel of a gun. The pursuer declares “Its over, my brother” and fires a bullet into his chest. Dr. Luke Taylor wakes up from his dream, safe, with his pregnant wife asleep by his side, and no bullet in his belly. He’s had enough of sleep for one night, and spends the rest of the dark hours assembling a crib for his future child. The next morning he’s going through his usual routine when he’s greeted by a trail of blood leading from his front door to his kitchen. Bleeding out on the tile floor is someone who looks exactly like him, in fact, it’s who he was in his dream, gut shot and all. This clone informs him there’s very little time, as another one of them is on his way to finish the job.

 

Clone, much like Comeback, starts out at a fast pace, and it’s not long until the hook digs in. Clones are a very well traveled subject in the comic book world, but this book manages to keep interest at a high level, as the story moves along at a fast clip. Writer David Schulner talks a lot about identity, and his perception of it, in his letter to the reader in the back of the book. I think there’s a lot of opportunity to explore that concept here, I just hope he continues to let it be bore out through action and suspense. Credit also needs to be given to Juan Jose Ryp’s wonderfully detailed art. He has a style that fits this story perfectly, and if you need any convincing- just check out the hyper-detailed wraparound cover.

Great Pacific by Joe Harris and Martin Morazzo- Chas Worthington is a rich kid, an uber rich kid. He’s the heir to a vast corporate empire that provides him any luxury he desires. If he wants to go hunting with a tribe in Kenya, he will. His social calendar is littered with women that have names like “Giselle”, and his exploits with them are tabloid gold. When an important vote is being held by the board of directors, he doesn’t bother showing up. Hell, he doesn’t even vote by proxy. He spends his day hitting golf balls off the deck of an oil rig. It must be tough. Actually, it is, because Chas actually has a purpose, he’s just not taken seriously… yet. All of the aforementioned events that seem like a bored rich kid’s ritual are actually calculated moves, even the golf balls he left floating in the pacific. Chas has something up his sleeve, something big, and involves something called the Pacific Gyre.

Great Pacific immediately has a strong environmentalist message, the opening page details how much plastic waste humanity creates, and how all of it is collecting in the ocean to form a gigantic floating island of garbage that will outlast our generation by a long shot. That may all sound preachy, but trust me, it’s not. Instead it’s a fascinating starting point for a comic book. Chas is Bruce Wayne, but instead of fighting crime, he plans to help the world. By the end of the first issue he has faked his own death, embezzled millions from his mega corporation, and finds himself adrift on the island of plastic known as the Pacific Gyre. It may not be as immediately Sci-Fi as the other two books, but it’s certainly forward thinking, and trades on big, future ideas. Great Pacific is a nice breath of fresh air, even if it does center around pollution. I can’t think of anything else out there like it, and that alone warrants a pick up.

I hope I’ve given you a few leads to follow on your next trip to the comic store, or when browsing Comixology from the comfort of your couch. If you pick any of them up please let us know what you think, and if anyone grabs a copy of Nowhere Men this week, lets talk in the comments below. Keep Comic Book-ing, my friends.

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raulendymion 11/28/2012 11:21:40 AM

Great article, Joel, and very timely as well. Some of us have grown a bit tired of tights and flights.

joelr 11/28/2012 12:35:56 PM

Thanks! That was my thinking :)

decepticons2 11/28/2012 3:40:22 PM
Like the new links. Hope they give you free stuff for the plug of there website.
jedibanner 11/28/2012 7:17:37 PM

Image has been on top of new very interesting books for the last 2 years IMO. Their new stuff is just so interesting and original, much like Radical was 2-3 years ago.

Clone is my favorite right now, Infinite Vacation was great too.

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