Posted on December 10, 2012 AT 09:11pm
The first part in a new arc of the hit series The Massive has hit the comic book market waters, and Callum Israel and crew are in for quite a surprise. After the events of the last story arc, the series find the crew of theKapital heading towards a new location, with new dangers and new faces, not all of them friendly. With writer Brian Wood teaming up with artists Garry Brown and Dave Stewart for the issue, The Massive has become less and less about the original goal of peacefully finding their sister ship, and more about surviving, building relationships, and making sure to keep the ideals of the Ninth Wave.
The crew of the Kaptial find their way towards a burgeoning sovereign nation in the first part of the “Subcontinental” arc, resting their ship in a new “rig nation”, docking in the growing Moksha Station. While many of the crew seem to love this new nation, Cal and his crew find themselves doubting this safe haven more and more as time passes. This is an interesting introduction to the newest adventure in the trials of the Kapital, and one the entire team pulls of to varying degrees.
Brian Wood is as great as ever in this latest installment, though his pacing is a bit off. The beginning pages read like an instruction manual, making it a bit bland and boring, which is something that should normally be avoided in an issue’s opening. While it all makes sense in context, the entire thing lacks human communication for the most part, leaving gap between what makes this book so great: the characters. Once it gets rolling, it moves a bit fast as if to make up for lost time, and while the plot is well done, it all moves a bit too fast once the story really gets underway.
Garry Brown and Dave Stewart seem to make a pretty good team, keeping up the style that the book has held thus far with other artists. It holds up to the signature pale colors and heavy shadows that Dark Horse Comics is known for, lacking in detail but making up for it with character and storytelling, though it looks a bit more bare in the detail department than it previously did, though not by much. Kristian Donaldson’s absence is well-noted, however, with subtle differences in artistic style seeping in at points, though not by enough to pull the reader out of the story.
Summary: The Massiveis continuing its run of being an interesting and captivating story full of terrific characters and a story that is incredibly unique. The trials of the crew don’t always excite, but there is always a reason to keep reading. The artwork is solid, though the detail work is lacking in regards to the usual style a bit in this issue, but there is no question that this is a great series, and has continued along this line in the first portion of the “Subcontinental” story arc.
The Good: Strong Writing, Well-Done Characters
The Bad: Boring Intro, Pacing Issues
The Ugly: Artistic Shift Is Noticeable At Times
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