Posted on September 15, 2013 AT 07:57pm
The conclusion to the first arc of Aphrodite IX has arrived, and with it comes the end of a war, and the first real foray into a world of independence for Aphrodite IX. With the war between genetics and cybernetics coming to an intense end, the world of Aphrodite IX crumbles around her as she finally breaks free of the control she had been dealing with throughout the first four issues. With her new found freedom, she and the Gen, a group of fantasy-like genetic warriors are going against Executor Chronos and the cybernetic force of Speros., much to the dismay f pretty much everyone.
This issue has a lot going on, with a lot of character development for the leading lady herself being revealed as she finally begins to understand what life is like as a free woman. With this, she decides to fight with Marcus, the man she believes she loves against Speros and her former controller. With the final battle of this long standing war finally taking place, the battle comes to a surprising end, and with it comes the end of one story, with the beginning of another. This issue transitions very well from this first arc into the second, lending the story of the first arc as more of a piece of an ever expanding tale than one story moving into another.
Creators Matt Hawkins and Stjepan Sejic have built upon a classic character in a way that is as much fantastical as it is realistic. The fantasy world mixed with a futuristic wasteland of technology brings an odd hybrid that is both visually appealing and utterly juxtaposed. This complex mix of both the traditional and futuristic worlds lends itself well to the complex story and realistic backdrops put in by both writer and artist.
Hawkins helps explain an unknown world to the reader, lending lots and lots of research into creating a place that no one has ever seen. The “Science Class” portion of this book (made famous through Hawkins’ other book, Think Tank) explains many of the practices that Hawkins uses in crafting this tale, and the painted look of Sejic’s art makes for a gorgeous synthesis of style. The lettering always seems to look rather odd with this style, however, making the lettering look like sticky notes placed on a work of art.
Summary: With beautiful artwork, a complex story and a stunning leading lady, Aphrodite IX is continually bringing the classic character into the modern age, and with it comes an intricate story backed by painted art and lots of research. While the lettering can look a bit strange sometimes, it’s still a fun and beautiful book that should be enjoyable for quite some time.
Pros: Gorgeous artwork, complex story
Cons: Lettering looks strange against artwork.
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