Tuesday, July 01, 2014
I'm a big fan of the Alien Legion franchise, created by Carl Potts (with Alan Zelenetz and Frank Cirocco).
I've been wanting the franchise to come back in a big way for a looong time, and even had some minor insider knowledge that it was incoming (which made it harder to wait, to be honest).
Now it's here, and I'm happy.
Sure, Carl Potts is a draw for me with the series by himself, and he's giving the book inks ("& soul"). But then you add Chuck Dixon for the story, Larry Stroman for pencils, Thomas Mason for colors, and Gabriela Houston for for lettering (it reads like an Alien Legion book), and I get a book that feels current, and comfortable and homey, a la the original run in Marvel's Epic Comics imprint.
The first ish is set up, and without giving anything away, the pace I feel is intentional to lead up to the last two pages.
Sarigar? Check. And while I'd like to see more of him, what is there is that encapsulation of leader and tactician. Though I'm looking forward to badd-assery in future issues.
Jugger Grimrod? Yeppers. He may have been busted down from Captain, but he's still the non-coddling boots-on-the-ground leader new recruits with a minimal life expectancy deserve.
I'm really looking forward to more from the team and the series. And while people might be quick to dismiss Titan Comics as a boutique imprint, I think recent transmedia success with Snowpiercer isn't a fluke.
Get to it, ya damn bospors!