So the other new Image book to release this month released this week in Planetoid #1, a five issue miniseries written and drawn by Ken Garing.
I gotta say this book came out at the right time for me. I wanted to get into the sci-fi stuff that Image has been doing so well with both Saga and the Manhattan Projects, but I couldn't commit to an ongoing (especially with Manhattan Projects as I tend to feel that Hickman's work reads best in trades), but a mini series such as this really catches my attention especially when its done really well as is the case here.
We open the issue with Silas crash landing on this junk planet and for a good part of this issue we are exploring the planet with Silas seeing junk and refineries all over making it quite the cold planet. Silas does talk to a computer that provides him with information with the things that Silas has on him as well as small bits of intel on the planet. A day passes and we have our action scene of the issue with the big snake like machine monster and its a good battle. Without much dialog, the battle moves really well and despite Silas having a helmet on for most of it we can tell what he is feeling. Soon after that, Silas encounters another human and they get to his home. Here we learn more about the planet, a very small bit of politics, and we get to know more about Silas. By the end, we get the understanding that its going to be quite difficult to get off the planet, but Silas has struggled before for his freedom and he's bound to go there again.
All in all, I came away very much liking this first issue and can see myself being here for the whole mini. The art is great and Ken has a really great understanding of when to just let the art tell the story and suck us into the exploration and when to use dialog in an effective manner to let us in to this planet and the life of Silas without it coming off too heavy. We know enough for now about the situation and we'll know more in the coming issues where their is plenty of time to let us in more to the life of Silas, this planet, and bring in more of the politics with the Ono Mao. Also $3 for 32 pages with 0 ads until the back cover front and back is pretty awesome! Can't wait till issue 2 and I hope others had a chance to pick this up.