Marvel Comics 2021
Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Illustrated by Salvador Larroca
Coloured by GURU-eFX
Lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles
THE SEARCH FOR SANCTUARY BEGINS!
A small colony of “Spinners,” looking to lead a simpler life, have nearly completed terraforming a moon. A ship crashes into their Eden from the heavens. A terror is unleashed.
I really rather enjoyed the first arc of this, it felt new, fresh and unique. This, this feels a little more familiar to me though I will say that these people, their church and their beliefs are new to me and that aspect I am looking to seeing explored. I have little faith that any of the terraformers are going to survive this but then again Phillip has a way of surprising me so I guess we’ll see. The only thing that I am missing from the beginning of this new arc and that’s how a Queen managed to get on board the U.A.S. Heraclides or is it one of those instances that a singular xenomorph is capable of creating the facehuggers like a frog may change its sex? Now this is what I’m used to experiencing from Phillip, getting me to think beyond what is on the page and expand how I see what is presented.
I am very much enjoying the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is impeccably rendered. The character development that we see through the dialogue, the character interaction as well as how we see them act and react to the situations and circumstances which they encounter is exceptionally done. What we see brings personalities to the forefront and it makes us empathise with and care about these characters which in this world is a dangerous thing. The pacing is excellent and as it takes us through the pages revealing the story we get swept up in it.
How we see this being structured is fantastic and how the layers within the story begin to emerge and grow is really well constructed. I like how we see these layers being peeled back like an onion revealing the different avenues that the story can take. Whether or not they are explored they all add some great depth, dimension and complexity to the story. How we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward is immaculately achieved.
The interiors here are bloody gorgeous. The linework we see is clean, crisp and sharp and how the varying weights and techniques being utilised to create this level & quality to the detail within the work that we see is brilliantly rendered. How we see backgrounds being utilised to enhance and expand the moments as well as how the work within the composition of the panels to bring out the depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story is magnificently rendered. I am a fan of the creativity and imagination that we see within these pages as it really takes us through this and brings tension to the page. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a remarkable eye for storytelling. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work shows a gorgeous eye for how colour works.
A new arc and a new set of circumstances for the Xemomorphs as the Heraclides lands on a new world, or moon as the case may be. Well I'm officially intrigued by who will live and who will die and to see if those who we’ve met if their stories will continue. With some amazingly strong writing and some amazing characterization and these bloody gorgeous interiors it’s time for a new arc to get underway. I wish we’d see multiple arcs featuring one character but until then this is amazing.