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Overtaken #1 [Aspen Comics] Review

Posted on August 29, 2013 AT 10:13pm

One of the last of the new “10 For 10″ titles from Aspen Comics has made it’s debut, and the highly anticipated Overtaken makes itself known as a much different animal than the rest of the books in Aspen’s stable. Focusing on one of the more common tropes of story-telling, it focuses on alien abduction.Overtaken goes on a bit of a different path, however, taking on no only the journey of the captured, but of the husband of the abducted Jesse Harden.

This debut issue is a whole lot of set-up, and barely scratches the surface of what this book could be. A sci-fi adventure, the journey of Jesse Harden after her capture and the struggle of her husband, Will, to get her back looks like it could be a bit of a departure from the standards of normal sci-fi. While there is very little that goes on in this issue aside from exposition (which could be a bit of a problem later on, given Aspen’s short series format), it does give some promise to further issues for further exploration of not only Earth and their reactions to this happening, but of different worlds, and their reasons why.

Aspen’s Frank Mastromauro is not usually known for writing too many of the Aspen titles, but he’s done enough to be respected for his work. This is the case here as well, as he begins the crafting of what looks to be a very touching and very strange journey through the cosmos. The real drawback here is that in this first issue, which is a decent size, nothing is really found out. The pace is very slow, which might be a turn off for readers. Aspen’s series don’t usually last past six issues or so, so having almost 20% of that be pure exposition might not bode well for the story has a whole. That being said, it’s left at a pretty interesting point, which should pull readers in for another issue or more.

The art is the biggest portion of the this books, though. Usually known for a bit of a rougher style (not that it’s a bad thing), this book is smooth, sleek and looks very good. The pencils of Marco Lorenzana and the colors by Wes Hartman look great together, and have a shine and smoothness to them that is lacking on other Aspen books. While there is still a lack of detail in the backgrounds, this is something common with the use of space in Aspen’s titles, and it isn’t always a drawback. This is one of the better looking titles in their stable, and that speaks loudly for the quality of this series.

Summary: While it’s gotten a bit of a slow start, Overtaken is bringing a familiar plot and putting a bit of a spin on it, showing two sides of the same problem. The artwork is sleek and beautiful, and this book as a whole shows a lot of promise. Another issue or two will be needed to really show off how it’s going to read, but thus far, there is a lot of hope for this title.

Pros: Great artwork, Solid Writing

Cons: Slow Pace

Grade: B


Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for DigitalNoob.com. He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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