Vertigo has really got it going on right now. I decided to give this a read because the cover art looked intriguing and honestly? The title caught my eye. I love original concepts and I love creators building worlds for us to visit. Zoe Quinn does exactly that with this first issue. Quinn introduces us to her futuristic world, controlled by a god level A.I. and swarming with tech and lingo and REALLY PRETTY LIGHTS AND COLORS.
Robbi Rodriguez, for those not in the know, is the co-creator of Spider-Gwen. Hence the vivid color palette displayed here in GM. Rodriguez gets to flat out PLAY in this issue. Massive landscapes, fight scenes, insane techno mumbo jumbo, this book has it all and it all looks insane.
Rico Renzi handles the colors and believe me, the colors are HANDLED. Renzi is now a name I’ll be looking for on covers when picking up new books. The colors pop and contrast without being loud for the sake of being loud. What I am trying to say is that this book isn’t in hyper colors because it’s hip. It makes sense, all the wild colors and shades fit. Simon Bowland also does a noteworthy job with the lettering.
The star of the book is far and away the art work team. That is not to say the story is lacking! But come on. Here. Look at this.
Quinn’s story does suffer from a few missteps in my opinion. You have to search out some bits of information and I realize some parts were likely intentionally left out to build the story but I found myself going back to re-read pages and find the information I was missing. To be fair, the information is there! It’s just not presented in a way the flowed well for me. It’s also a LOT of information to digest, even for a #1 issue. By the end, I was wondering how many pages I had read and was shocked it was only a standard 24.
But even with a few miscues here and there, the writing crackles. The dialogue is great and I absolutely love the concept of the story. An all powerful corporation control the A.I. that controls the world and our heroine Cassandra and maybe these new insanely cool looking ladies she just met are gonna save it. I assume. I hope? And maybe save Cassandra’s Dad too? There’s a lot that makes you want to come back to the series as well.
FINAL RATING: 9/10 SPOOKY EYEBALL MAGICS
Quinn and Rodriguez and their team have something special starting here. It feels a little like RWBY with a whole lot of techno and arguably some of the best art on the stands right now. Definitely worth the read and the money.