Stonebot Comics/Red 5 Comics 2020
Written by Mauro Mantella
Illustrated by Diego Giribaldi
Coloured by Ramón Bunge
Lettered by Altercomics Studio
Xira has been experimented on her entire life to help mankind create the perfect astronaut, making her smarter, faster, stronger. When Xira is allowed to have a baby who will also be experimented on Xira has had enough and will do whatever it takes to get herself and her child to freedom.
Now I am so ultra thrilled to be reading this! But I’ll be damned if that opening page did do a gut wrench on me and then make me incredibly angry. I am happy about the range from one to the other as well because that just means these folks are doing everything right. Story’s aren’t just meant to entertain, the great ones make you think, feel and experience emotions and feelings that you may never expect to have. There are reasons that testing on animals is no longer allowed, wait it still happens which should be a crime unto itself considering how closely they are related to humans and are known to be smart, intelligent and have feelings. Still we all have our own opinions on it but let the story unfold.
The way that this is being told is bloody effin brilliant! The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is laid down beautifully. I mean from the get-go how we see these events happen and how we see the reasoning behind actions it’s just so damn good. It also ties intricately into the character development we see within these pages. There is something to be said about the arrogance of man and how it seems to overshadow pretty much anything we do but seeing it here is so well portrayed it is scary. The pacing is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing the twists and turns along the way we see how everything works together to create the books ebb & flow.
I like seeing how this book is structured and how we see the layers within the story having the right impact at the right moments that cause the reader to become engaged in some very different ways. There are some incredible moments throughout the book that make you wonder what they mean in the bigger picture. I want to know and yet I want to be surprised at the same time and how we see these things.
The interiors here are gorgeous! The linework is stupendous and how we see the varying weights being utilised to bring out the attention to detail is phenomenal. The eyes we see here throughout are so expressive, so emotional and kind of just plain eerie but you cannot escape their gaze. Seeing how the backgrounds are being utilised and how essential they are to the story makes me happy! They not only enhance the moments and provide visual clues but they also bring us this depth perception, a sense of scale and this overall sense of size and scope to the story. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a remarkable eye for storytelling. The colour work is beautiful to see. How the various hues and tones within the colours are being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work shows a wonderful aptitude for how colour should work.
This book is just bloody effin brilliant and the work we see is so mindbogglingly good! The way this was thought out and how it is being executed there’s just nothing negative that I can say about anything within these pages. It is almost the epitome of perfection and it makes want to cry with happiness.