DPM Publishing 2019
Written by Stephan Nilson
Illustrated by Douglas Shuler
Lettered by Kel Nuttall
Agent 1.22 is on the run! Will the Establishment take her down before Matt can save the Mnemosyne? And Rae learns the secret of the Galatea Protocol.
There is something great about finding a book and watching it continually grow and evolve. It is books like this that are you only going to find from the creators at conventions or from being contacted from the company. I love that I was asked to be a part of watching this series grow and evolve. Let me tell it has been a true pleasure to see this grow too as each issue gets better and better than the one before it. This has so much going on with not just the story but with the characters as well that you get caught up in what is going on that you don’t want it to end.
I am thoroughly enjoying the way that this is being told. The story & plot development we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented beautifully. The entire book, series in reality, looks like it’s an action film or television series in how we see this unfold. It feels right as if this is exactly how it’s meant to be. The character development we see is sensational as the situations and circumstances we see them encounter really does allow us to see how they change and grow. The pacing here is utterly superb and as it guides us through the page revealing the twists and turns along the way works with everything else to create the books ebb & flow.
There is this great mystery here where we don’t know the motives and backgrounds of folks and as we start to see glimpses of who they were. Still it’s what is happening in the now that is who they are regardless of who they were and there so many ulterior motives in play that it is almost as if you need a scorecard to figure out who is up to what and how the others figure into this with their own manipulations. It is a layered story with so many angles that it engages the readers’ mind in some truly spectacular ways. Stephan has a great innate sense of how to tell a story and how to ensure that the reader not only enjoys what he does but has the desire to know and learn more.
There really is something to be said about the current software utilised in digital artwork. What we see within these pages is phenomenal and brilliantly rendered. The linework that we see and how it brings out all this amazing attention to detail about is phenomenal to me. The way that the ship is rendered so that we see the wear and tear as well as the age in it’s hits and knocks and all the things that come from being in space is simply brilliant. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show such a remarkable eye for storytelling. Then there’s the colour work which is bloody brilliant all on it’s own. How we see the various hues and tones utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work is just incredibly impressive. It is one thing to think you know which should be utilised for maximum effect but it’s another thing to get things as right as we see them here.
This series is one that you find and wanna share with the world. It is incredibly well thought up, out and executed which of course makes for some stellar reading. It takes a good deal of chutzpah to be able to take this genre, science fiction in space, and create something totally new. I cannot stress enough how much I enjoy this and I think you will too.