Science writer, screen writer, comic writer Rick Loverd crafts a story that fellow creators like Jim Zub, Mark Waid, and Ron Marz are calling intense, meaningful, and fascinating. So I figured I’d check it out.
They were so right! The American spaceship “The Mayflower” is crash landing on Venus, it seems there’s been sabotage and the crew is in near panic. Commander Manashe has to take command of the expedition and we get to ride along as circumstance, the elements, hell the very planet they’re on, tries to kill them.
This story reminds me of White Out, with the hostile environment and death around every corner tension. But added in is the team dynamic and chain of command problems that come on any expedition this far from home. I think Rick has crafted one for the ages, a story that would make a great television show or movie, and Huang Danlan’s art just adds to the tension and excitement. The opening sequence is total chaos and Huang keeps the story flowing smoothly and solidly, then when we see the surface of Venus he gives us a stark and foreboding landscape that immediately feels cold, devoid of safety or familiarity.
I can’t wait for issue two.
Venus #1 gets 5 out of 5 stars.
Writer: Rick Loverd
Artist: Huang Danlan
In 2150, Earth’s resources are depleted, and countries race to outer space to mine what they need from other planets. China has laid claim to Mars, so the U.S. and its allies have to make do with getting what it needs from the inhospitable world of Venus. But for a group of Americans making its way there, survival has become all too real. After their ship crash-lands on the planet, the scrappy crew is forced to do whatever it takes to navigate the harsh landscape in their journey to find the science base they were flying toward. In the vein of great adventure survival stories like Lost and The Martian, there’s only one reality on Venus—adapt or die.