PenInkColor Studios 2015
Written by Kenneth A. Brown
Illustrated by Ryan Best
Lettered by HDE
JUDAS BREED, is a story about a woman by the name of Connie Beaumont, and how she led a NASA team on an expedition, that set out to prove that life once existed on a newly found, unknown planet. Once the team arrives, it's not long before they stumble across the ruins of an extinct alien species, and decides to bring the remains, along with a fossil, back to their ship.
Things drastically unfolds, as the alien fossil comes to life and viciously attacks one of the crew members. Soon after, the government gets involved, and things go from bad to worse, once they decide to bring the alien back to earth.
I love this series it has that whole edge to it that we want to see, an alien species attacks the crew of a ship in space exploration and then ends up back on Earth in the hands of those who will try to weaponise it. It’s that thing where you know those folks in charge are going to eff it all up and that’s what we want to see but we have to get to that point first. Otherwise it wouldn’t be much of a story now would it. Also this one issue a year needs to go because I really want to read the whole thing much more quickly. It really is too good to be waiting this long, however that being said you also remember it extremely well when you read the latest, even after a year you remember it completely.
This issue opens up with Connie at home with her young son and we see something that no one ever wants to. Adam went into mom’s purse found a good and shot himself in the head. So if that doesn’t grab you instantly well there’s no hope for you. So what does that have to do with what’s happening? After all the ship crashed and when she was found she was unconscious. We are introduced to a few new characters, Carter, Connie’s Doctor, and Angela the young ruthless and totally uncouth representative eager to make a name for herself. Oh yes there are plenty of things here to like, hate and root for the creature to get and eat in this issue.
So that means the writing from Kenneth is strong, well executed and impressive in how he’s able to convey not only emotions but the characterisation as well. The plot/story development is outrageously good and the pacing is fantastic. He has the right idea and how to execute it in a way that will get readers undivided attention. He’s taken something here from our collective pop culture favourites and made it his own in unique and stunning way.
Ryan’s work on the interiors here are pretty amazing as well. That he does all of it is impressive beyond belief. His use of page layouts through the angles and perspective show off a very strong eye for storytelling. The fact that he doesn’t shy away from using backgrounds is utterly fantastic as they manage to really expand the scene and experience. The creativity and imagination we see it incredible and the emotions from facial expressions and body language expand the characterisation. I’m super impressed with the level of detail and the overall cohesiveness of the work he does it’s truly spectacular.
This is the beginning of the end as it were. With Connie under observation with regards to not only being the sole survivor, yeah, but what she’ll eventually remember about what happened before the events of this issues opening. The events that occur at this research centre are what we expect them to be, as a scientist takes us, and a company man, on a tour of the facility. Everything we need to know about the next stage of this series is happening right here. I love that it isn’t made in six issue arcs but instead there’s a natural flow to what we see. So welcome to what is going to be the point of no return.
This is a book you have to support because the industry needs creators and books of this calibre steadily working. Support their kickstarter please. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1975301350/judas-breed-contained-issue-3