American Gothic Press 2015
Written by Paul Tobin
Illustrated by Jeff Johnson
Coloured by Anthony Diecidue
Last issue Langer crashed to the planet below and befriended Timi a young boy whose friend he killed when his ship crashed. While running from the creatures known as the Kind Souls they found a hanger of Terracore one of the most valuable substances in the universe. The pirates responsible for Langer crashing to the planet however are hot on his heels. It would seem that Langer and Timi are okay for the moment when Timi drinks some of the Terracore freaking Langer out and that’s where we pick up this issue.
With Langer freaking out over Timi drinking the Terracore the Kind Souls find their hiding place and the pair run trying to escape. It turns out the planet may be in disarray but the merry go round still has juice and it turning on serves as a distraction for them to get away. I am enjoying that despite all appearances and Timi’s insistence he’s alright Langer still thinks he needs medical attention.
While the two talk about what’s happening and Timi references that no one has been able to make the rides run in a hundred years it really depends the mystery of how much time has actually passed. There become so many questions about this planet and it’s people like if they can drink and use the Terracore as medicine is that the cause of what created the Kind Souls? Has it rushed the human life cycle faster so that for them what would amount to 100 years of time to have passed?
They do come across another attraction however Madame Sage’s History Ride. This is perfect for condencding the plight of Earth, the human race and the importance of Terracore. It also demonstrates that no matter how long humans have lived they fall into the same destructive patterns over and over again.
From there maybe a week passes where Langer stays with Timi, his sister Shane and all the kids under her care. He seems to be making the most of his situation and he and Shane have grown quite close. She’s the closest thing to an adult they have and none of them seem to have met anyone as old as Langer. How harsh life must be on this world and there isn’t man among them so how were the children born to begin with?
Last issue introduced us to this broken down world full of these monsters in a spectacular flashy fashion. This issue we get a better look at the world from the ground and viewpoint of a stranger to it while learning about the universe they inhabit. Also learning that all monsters don’t come in misshapen form. There’s characterization, character growth and story advancement here that raises more questions, has this entirely eerie feel to it and subtly raises the hairs on the your neck.
As nicely as Paul has written this story and gotten the reader involved with these characters Jeff has done a very nice job on the interiors. The urgency in the beginning is portrayed extremely well and then through the interiors even when things look stable you get this sense of unease from the artwork.
A nice second issue to give you background information regarding this universe mixed with the mortality and craziness this world has to offer. A tale full of potential to thrill and terrify you this is a modern day sci-fi horror classic in the making.