Comic Review: Roche Limit #1 (Image Comics)

Published by Image Comics, September 2014
Story: Michael Moreci, Vic Malhotra, and Steeve Seeley
Art: Vic Malhotra
Colors: Jordan Boyd
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Covers By: Vic Malhotra


Synopsis: The title and cover imagery caught my eye, so I picked it upThe Roche limit is the distance within which a celestial body, held together only by it’s own gravity, will disintegrate due to a second celestial body’s tidal forces exceeding the first body’s gravitational self-attraction.  Inside the Roche limit, orbiting material disperses and forms rings whereas outside the limit material test to coalesce.  So as you can see, this story could imply anything from a physical object to even an idea, depending upon the authors intended approach to the story.  With space being the theme and the underlying despair of the working class vs the narcissistic wealthy illuminate a potential catalyst for impending destruction.  Destruction of what?  An idea?  Science? The colony perhaps?  Well, to be honest it could be all of that rolled up in one making this story reflect upon what drives us to explore, to live, or simply survive.

We open up to an idea, the fruit of those ideas, and the eventual hell that has sprouted from those so-called advances.  The Roche Limit Colony apparently had good intentions but now has become somewhat of a wasteland.  Enter in Recall, a drug only produced on the Roche Limit Colony home world of Dispater.  Doesn’t sound like a great drug but as with any space adventure, one needs to escape the adventure so this seems to be a perfect candidate to help lost souls do just that.

Sonya Torin (searching for her sister Bekkah Torin) and Alex (enterprising Recall drug producer) go on the hunt to find Sonya’s sister.  Not to keen on why Alex is helping Sonya out only that choices have reluctantly led him to this point in the story.  He does however setup a cool visual on how Recall mixed with hallucinogens can affect your mind (poor Warren).  Other character that we hear about in issue #1 is Mr. Moscow whom is somewhat of a big shot or mob boss like. Another major player goes by the name of Gracie and runs a club that looks more like a stripper club than a night club.  She’s also missing a girl, Jane, employing any means necessary to find her.  Before the book ends we see where Jane is being held against her will and another girl that I can only assume is Sonya’s sister Bekkah but I’ve been wrong before.

So with two missing girls and 2 factions searching for those girls I can see we have the beginning of an intriguing mystery on our hands.  No you say, well turn to the last page and have that slap you across your face.  What can that glowing thingy be that those kids found in a rather large flower looking object.  And lastly, what the hell, I thought Dispater was inhabitable because of the thick layer of carbon dioxide?  I see stars, night sky, am I miss something?

Layout & Flow: The layout is very basic for a comic published by Image but to be honest that’s fine.  Doesn’t need to be flashy to keep me engaged as long as the story keeps me engaged.  Each panel is simple and easy to follow. A few pages in provides a few images and descriptions of where the Roche Limit Colony is located.  It also describes this mysterious energy anomaly so that was a nice addition.

Verdict: To be honest the story opened up nicely, then got a little boring, but left me hanging off the cliff with the rather out-of-place image of those kids.  I hope that this energy anomaly will be described in greater detail as the story progresses because that’s the science that initially got me hooked to read this book in the first place.  Image Comics describes the new series as a blending between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner.  I’ve seen both movies and they are known to be long, boring, with short action sequences.  I mean I did enjoy Blade Runner but it was plagued with monotonous artsy scenes concerning deep thought and don’t get me on 2001: A Space Odyssey, snoring fest.  Why couldn’t they blend it with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Recall, hell yeah! “Get your ass to mars!” Any ways, I’m interested but it needs to deliver more next issue.

Rating: 3.5/5

Official Site: Roche Limit
Wiki Site: Scientific Term – Roche Limit


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