There’s nothing I love more than to support artists and writers publishing their own creations. So I was happy to have the opportunity to read and review Nova Phase. Some info about it from its creator Matthew Ritter:
Nova Phase: A treasure hunt in space with old school video game graphics!
We have all had dreams. Dreams that we would have given anything to achieve and yet have eluded our grasp. It is about reaching for the stars and missing, it is about what one does with the failures that seem to make up most of life.
The comic is drawn in that classic 8-bit style and tells the story of Veronica Darkwater, bounty hunter. We see where she came from and how she wanted to go into space on her own terms. No matter what terms they turned out to be. Life in space doesn’t seem to have turned out to be quite what she expected.
I fell in love with Veronica a little bit, but then I’m a softie for female characters in comics who forge their own path. We see her starry-eyed and naive, as well as competent and in charge and then full of doubt and disappointment. I loved all her dimensions. In issue two she comes in contact with Dillard, who also had to forge his own path. It would seem they have much in common and much to set them at odds.
While the story was fun, the art is not my thing. It’s not a style I’m fond of and I found I labored over the reading of it even though I was enjoying the story. This is a personal preference though and the creator chose the style on purpose and executes it well. If it’s a style you enjoy, I’m sure you’ll appreciate it.
I was happy to have met Veronica and hope she has many great adventures. Overall I’m giving Nova Phase 3 stars out of 5, though for the story and characters alone I’d give it 4. It’s worth checking out, especially if you’re a fan of its retro video game style.