Boom! Studios 2017
Story by James S.A. Corey, Hallie Lambert & Georgia Lee
Written by Hallie Lambert
Illustrated by Huang Danlan
Coloured by Juan Useche
Lettered by Jim Campbell
The crew of The Rocinante finds themselves at the center of an interplanetary conflict that threatens to destroy all of human civilization. But before our team were heroes, and before there was The Rocinante, our crew were just a bunch of ice-haulers on a third-rate ice trawler called The Canterbury. And these are the stories of the winding roads that led to The Cant…
Okay wow this was a story I wasn’t expecting. I guess when we learn of people’s backgrounds and their motivations for what they do we don’t always expect things to have such tragedy and sorrow involved. I mean I get it when you are a pilot and spend all that time away from home your downtime is what’s special right. Though when your own son doesn’t know who you are and doesn’t care to spend time with you that’s gotta hurt like the dickens.
The characterisation here is phenomenal. I mean i’m sorry but his wife throughout all this is a bitch. Personally had I been Alex i’d have left her a long time ago, and if your son doesn’t remember you are think highly of you then your wife is basically saying you aren’t worth it to her to remind your son how great you are. Nope from everything I see here he’s a better man than I because i’d have lost it earlier. I’m sorry the story went in the direction it does, but it ends like it should and we understand why he’s on the Canterbury.
I like the artwork here. I like how page layouts are utilised through angles, perspective and even backgrounds or lack thereof. Without anything on the walls to show why show them at all right? There are so many clues in this book as to the life he was leading and how miserable he was before coming to that realisation. The artwork is great because it shows that off in ways that you can see clearly.
I’m impressed if this is based on the books then i’m going to have to start looking for them because this has seriously piqued my curiosity. The characters are and have been interesting, complex and from many different places in their lives. I mean I like that Alex is able to go through what he did, come out of it a better person and reconnect with what he loves to do. Not many people once they end that chapter of their lives get the opportunity to go back and rekindle that passion. So that he has go through the heartbreak and hardship to get there makes him that much more interesting a man to me.
I’ve not seen or read anything regarding the Expanse prior to this Origins series. It has succeeded in doing what we the creators want it to, it has garnered interest in the franchise as a whole and makes the reader, hopefully more than just myself, have that desire to seek it out. Then on the other hand fans of the franchise have got to be loving this look at these characters before they met them. Exciting to discover for the first time as is is to diversify your existing knowledge.