I was on the fence about picking up this book after reading the second issue, but if I remember correctly, I wanted to give it a real shot. I think that I saw potential for this to become a series that I wanted to keep in my pull. I figured that maybe it would take a while to get going, but once it did there would be no stopping it. Well I still don’t know how I feel about it. Didn’t see that coming. I was way more entertained this time around, but I still find it hard to explain what could possibly be going on in this universe. So our heroes are being escorted with the intention of being sold at the next trade station they come across. Jon, the hunter, has a pretty interesting story to tell Prosper and Angus about the origin of the current world, but it gets interrupted by the arrival of these mysterious men in these biohazard looking suits. They’ve managed to achieve some kind of technological superiority and surprise the group with some kind of knockout gas. They’re taken to a facility that is being powered completely by solar panels. Once we get inside, it doesn’t appear that these men have the very best of intentions.
I feel that the script continues to be mediocre. I don’t think that the quality is bad necessarily, but from what I’ve read of the series so far, we’re just not being told anything. And if there is anything of substance, it’s dangled in front of our faces just long enough to grab our attention and then pulled away the second that some other unexplained thing happens. It drives me crazy to think that we’re all being teased by every aspect of this book. After each issue, I literally sit and stare at a blank screen for an undisclosed amount of time before I can type a single word about it. That’s not normal. Usually there is a sort of flowing feel to the start of my reviews.
The art was pretty cool with the addition of the men in the white suits, or “Ghosts” as I think they’re called. It looks like there is a lot of potential for some pretty cool stuff as far I can see. But then again, here I am thinking that it’s possible that nothing comes from any of this. I have never been more hopeful to be wrong in my entire life.
Overall, I feel like this has been the best issue so far, but it still seems like the carrot is just dangling in front of our faces while we’re being lead along with the promise of great things. I really hope that the waiting that we’re going to be doing isn’t for much longer, and that there is in fact, something big planned for us. It really does feel like something awesome is going to happen soon. I can almost taste it, and I’d like to think that I would never let myself be led along in vain like this. So my final verdict: realistically, I don’t know. Go to your local shop and pick this up… or don’t.
Writer: Ian Edginton Artist: Francesco Trifogli Publisher: DC/Vertigo Price: $2.99 Release Date: 12/4/13