A new comic series has a certain allure. New story, new settings, and sometimes new artist or authors. The new comic series has hope and aspirations and it is easy to fork the few bucks over for the promise of something we haven't seen before. Yet, more often then not, we only pick up the first few issues and the series peters off and we begin to look for the next new comic.
I'm hoping Eclipse can keep turn that new issue bounce into something sustaining because I really like the start of this book.
In the near future the Earth suffered a cataclysmic event. There was a major solar flare that wiped out the majority of life on the planet. What ever change had occurred to the sun, made going out in the daytime lethal. The surviving humans moved underground and became essentially nocturnal, only venturing on the surface during the night. Those that did venture out during the day have to use specialized "iceman" suits to keep them alive. Ten years on, humanity is still struggling for survival but a sense of normalcy seems to on everyone's mind. That is except for David Baxter, whose specialization and time logged as an "iceman" has made him an invaluable asset for Mr. Brandt, the man who runs Solarity Inc as well as much of what used to be Manhattan.
David Baxter, or Bax, has been called upon by Mr. Brandt to help train his men with the use of the iceman suits so they can catch a murderer and protect his daughter Rose, who has been sent a biblical death threat by the same serial killer. Rose is a bit of a wild child, has a penchant for dayclubs (get it), and will be used as bait to help lure out the killer. All of Brandt's men die but Bax ends up saving Rose and gets to see the would-be murder standing in the sun.
It's nice to know that Giovanni Timpano has kept his pencils busy sense last I reviewed one of his works. Sadly, I don't think this is as good as his time on The Shadow. To be fair though, working with almost all sepia in a post apocalyptic landscape doesn't lend itself to much vibrancy. It reminds me of "The Wasteland" in Fallout, interesting and detailed but hardly beautiful.
The story itself is what I find most compelling about this comic and it comes from the new kid on the block Zachary Kaplan. For his first foray into sci-fi comic writing I give him tremendous credit. He has crafted in interesting world with a mysterious villain. The protagonist might be a moody reluctant hero, but I'm willing to see where this is going.
So, I'm intrigued enough to pre-order the next issue of Eclipse, but we will see if this creative team can keep up the mystery and intrigue after that.
Rating: 7.5/10 Crispy Cadavers