May 7 2015
An expedition lands on an abandoned human colony with dubious information to perform mysterious scientific tests. Only the crew seems ill-prepared and the leaders uncertain. Oh, and the abandoned colony may not be as abandoned as we think.
Let me get this out of the way, because on paper Roche Limit may seem like well-trodden ground: It’s a story about a group of misfits thrust into a life-or-death situation. It’s also possible that it will fall into the creases of clichéd ensemble horror stories.
But Roche Limit: Clandestiny has a heartbeat.
Kyle Charles and Matt Battaglia do a fantastic job of putting us in this world that’s like ours, but different in ways that send a chill down your spine. The colors are purple and green and blue within the panels, like a sunset through a prism. Or like the lighting in the ship isn’t quite right and our eyes have adjusted since we’ve been traveling through space for so long. The sun is a roar, a sign of a different world with different rules. It’s an eye – Sauron – a sign that our travelers are being watched. There’s a forest that isn’t supposed to exist. Actually, there’s a lot there that isn’t supposed to be.
In the beginning we meet Sasha, the scientist. She has a husband and a daughter back back home. Her eyes are red from the journey. Elbus is in command and doing his best, though he seems to be holding the the expedition together with scotch tape. The crew has personality and humor, and they have no idea what they’re getting into. All we can do is watch and hope entropy doesn’t swallow them whole.
There is a lot to uncover on this abandoned colony (as hinted by the newspaper clippings in the back), but it won’t be painless. Hopefully, it will be new. As it stands, Roche Limit: Clandestiny #1 is one of my favorite first issues of the year.