Sometimes you stumble across something and you just assume you’ve seen it before. Such was the case with Wretches #1, it looked… familiar. But then I looked a little deeper, and found a damn fine first issue, definitely worth picking up.
The war between the robots and the humans may be over but the animosity is in full effect! The book opens with a pair of bounty hunters bringing down a few ‘bots, this is their job and they’re good at it. It’s more than a job though, it’s a family business. The twins came up hard living on the streets and they have the bond to prove it. When one of them is taken, for reasons unknown the other loses it and vows to put things right.
First of all Salomon Farias’ art and Chunlin Zhao’s colors rock, the action jumps right off the page. The art and story move so smoothly and quickly you get swept up in it the moment you start. The story delivers a twist immediately that gives you a great handle on what kind of storyteller James E. Roche is. He has a slick easy way of telling a story, at one point he shows just how slick by seamlessly showing the characters present and past simultaneously. Farias and Roche pulled this sequence off so well that one page sells the whole book. And luckily the rest of the book was just as solid.
But what’s it about!
I don’t want to summarize the story more than I did in the opening, it would spoil it, but here’s a bit of insight from writer James E Roche, Wretches, at its core, is a story about family, sacrifice, and loss. Siblings, Shea and Sean, were forced to grow up on the streets of an alien city, far from the lifeless planet they’d once called home. Now, all grown up, they capture other beings for the promise of reward – specializing in hunting the robots they’d once shared their home planet with. And to go along with that quote I have some great images also supplied by Mr Roche that I’m going to share with you.
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The very best part is that Wretches #1 is available now in digital at DriveThruComics or in print at JamesERoche.com. And I also have a hunch that issue two isn’t far behind. For more info about this and future project follow James E. Roche on Twitter @JamesERoche and www.JamesERoche.com.