451 Media 2016
Created & Written by Rob Cohen
Adapted by Andi Ewington
Illustrated by Alex Cormack
Coloured by John Rauch
Lettered by Taylor Esposito of Ghost Glyph Studios
Being an only child can be hard. Being the only child on an entire mining colony is terrible. Being the only child on a mining colony on a miserable distant planet in another solar system light years from Earth is the absolute worst. That’s life for Kyle, the only human boy on all of Kirawan. Kyle does have one good thing going for him--his best friend, a cyber canine named Q. Soon that one good thing becomes five when Kyle gets an all-new pack of mecha-mutts on his birthday. However, along with five times the fun comes five times the trouble when the rambunctious robots create a situation that gets Kyle in front of the colony’s council--which is the last place Kyle wants to be.
One of the aspects of this story so far that i’m extremely intrigued by is the fact that Kyle is not only a regular boy with all that comes with that but that his father knew what he was getting into with this and still has the attitude he does. I love that this environment isn’t suitable for a child and yet they ignored that and brought him into this anyway. Then for him to get upset when he acts his age it’s one of those contradictions that makes for great reading. Then of course add into the mix the whole background of his family and it’s past tragedy and well it becomes even more convoluted and intense.
I think the characterisation here is incredible and the way that people come across both positively and negatively really give them that all around “real’ and honest feel to them. Also that Kyle is who he is and wants to be a grownup since that’s all he sees and yet can’t help but act like a kid and gets into situations that well are more dangerous than usual, thanks to where they are, it’s all conspiring to really thrill readers. Plus that these guys are able to bring us these mecha-mutts each with it’s own personality as well well that’s just stupendous.
Speaking of the mutts that each one is so unique in appearance is another thing that makes this great. While we haven’t seen enough of the native species the uniqueness and originality in these mutts showcases some incredible talent from Alex and John. I love the way the pages are utilised with the layouts, angles, perspective and backgrounds so that they bring this wonderfully complete feel. The people, faces and emotions they give off are wonderful to see and experience.
This is a great example of a story that hits you with how original and dynamic it is from out of nowhere proving that the independent books are those that shouldn’t be ignored. This is some of the finest storytelling around and that it can make you think, feel and experience the story in ways that you sit back and marvel at once your finish the book is just WHY we read comics.