Retrovirus - Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti in stores Nov 21st! ~ What'cha Reading?

Retrovirus – Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti in stores Nov 21st!


Kickstarter, oh kickstarter how do I love thee? As you’re all aware I’m a bit of a kickstarter nut. The idea of getting in on a project before and during its creation is truly exciting. I have backed a few (a few too many if you ask my wife) projects over the last couple of months (wow just looked at my profile, that is a lot of projects!) and this has been one of my favorites.

Written & Created By: Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Artwork By: Norberto Fernandez
Cover By: Amanda Conner
Publisher: Image Comics
Price: $16.99
Release Date: November 21st (2012)

Zoe Wallace, a brilliant (and gorgeous) young scientist who specializes in the classification and identification of retroviruses gets a job offer from a big pharmaceutical company her first instinct is to say no. The fact that the job is at a remote research facility in Antarctica just makes it less appealing. But after just one look at the infected cells in question and she knows this job will be hard to walk away from. What she soon discovers is walking away may not ever be an option! In the tradition of the Andromeda Strain, Outbreak, as well as (believe it or not) Jurassic Park this action packed adventure follows our heroine as she races to avert a global pandemic as well as save herself from certain death!

I’ve been a huge fan of the Gray/Palmiotti team-up. Their work on All-Star Western alone has made me a lifelong fan. Creator-Owned Heroes hasn’t hurt either as you can see from my review. It’s nice to see what they can do with a one shot, self-contained story. The story was great, the characters believable. Good guys were likable without being perfect and the bad guys were hate-able (not a word is it) without being pure evil. There are one or two things left unresolved but I think a book is better that way, always leave them wanting a little more.

Norberto Fernandez, an artist whose work I was unfamiliar with, did some job. He had a multitude of environments to tackle, city, jungle, snow-covered Antarctic terrain. He handled all of them beautifully. His characters are easily distinguishable and consistent. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for his next project.

The cover by Amanda Connor is gorgeous but that is pretty much a given.

So here we go, a couple of preview pages. Let me know what you think.

Don’t forget to look for this in you local shop tomorrow!


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