Published by Dark Horse Comics, August 2014
Story: Curt Pires
Art: Jason Copland
Colors: Pete Toms
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Covers By: Jason Copland
Synopsis: To be honest the cover was the selling factor for this new miniseries. I’m used to reading well thought out science fictions stories from the likes of Jonathan Hickman and Rick Remender. Now that being said I had a simmering amount of hope that this miniseries would deliver a somewhat gratifying story. After all, the thought of growing a Paris Hilton (…not a fan of Paris Hilton…just want to be clear on that…) that you own, what an idea. Boy was I surprised to find no substance with the opener, hardly any science to back the story, and no tantalizing details about how our young main character was created. All the reader got was a big round gooey blue ball. The background on a few of these panels were just cheesy, I mean, think cheesy props from the movie Buckaroo Banzai with lackluster characters. I know that sounds pretty harsh but comics are hot right now. You gotta take a niche topic like what Pop is trying to run with and exploit the hell out of it because the storyline definitely has major potential. I mean it kind of fell in line with Brian Wood’s recent Image series Mara where corporations sponsored you. This takes it a step further where a corporation literally owns you, your parent of sorts. Albeit the delivery wasn’t the best we still have 3 issues to go so there’s hope.
We start out our story with a brief view into the inner workings of raising and creating the next big star; did I say brief? Then we our main character escape from the plant and our second main character enter into the equation. We then see the two meet. One thankful to be alive while the other is thinking of the end. That initial meeting soon brings a sense of meaning to the both of them allowing for a mutual friendship to grow. I swear as I flip through this comic I’m seeing brief images of Buckaroo Banzai and it’s making me want to queue up that movie to satisfy my 80s hunger for cheesy ass cult classics. Any ways, blah blah blah we see some tracing bug get activated but since she is technically under developed, you know what i mean but let me rephrase. Since she escaped too soon from her cocoon the tracing bug seems to short circuit causing a freakout under her forearm skin. She’s a complete bad-ass as she cuts the damn thing out of her arm without hesitation. I had to laugh, it literally looked like a centipede, why the hell a centipede if the scientist refereed to the bug as nanites? Nanites are small tiny little robots number in the millions, read Valiant Entertainments series Bloodshot for a reference! So unfortunately that’s where the writers really lost my interest. The only redeeming factor to this entire book was the fact that we got to see the knee caps shot out of a Justine Beaver lookalike. Yeah, for some reason that really did feel satisfying so thank you Mr. Pires.
Layout & Flow: The layout of the comic was done well utilizing most of the space to tell the story. I felt that Jason Copland took advantage of the real estate and maxed out what he could. This allowed the action sequences to play relatively well without any issues aligning both the art and story for the reader. The colors were good, the cover was awesome. I mean it popped, pun intended!
Verdict: Overall I see why this is a 4 part miniseries and nothing more. Honestly I’m not even sure I’ll follow up on the rest of the series simple because of the many issues I had with this book. I realize in a 4 part miniseries that you have limited time and space to get your story across to your readership. The art does go the distance in aiding the storytelling but I feel it could have had more eye-catching detail if only the story had that additional detail written to aid the artist Jason Copland. I guess I’m just to used to reading sci-fi stories by Jonathan Hickman and Rick Remender. There seems to be a trove of willing artists in need of collaboration with those two. If you don’t believe me then just look at some of the current releases from these guys. I’m sure it’s hard to compete but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t.