Rocket Salvage 1 (December 2014)

Rocket Salvage #1

Rocket Salvage has a lot of information and nothing going on. The story, from Yehudi Mercado, is a future world out of the The Phantom Menace and a handful of other really popular movies or TV shows. Nothing original there.

The hook–as far as the series concept goes, not as far as it being actually engaging–is a family of futuristic trash collectors. Dad’s a failed racer, Sis is super smart, Bro doesn’t have any luck with the ladies. And where’s Mom? Well, it’s a mystery.

Rocket Salvage isn’t a pilot for a Disney show, it’s a pilot for an “adult” cartoon. Just not a funny one. Bachan’s art is detailed without being interesting. His design for the comic is precise, full of animated personality and nothing exciting.

Mercado is obviously enthusiastic about Rocket Salvage. He just doesn’t seem to realize he’s got to make others enthusiastic for it.


Writer, Yehudi Mercado; artist, Bachan; colorist, Jeremy Lawson; letterer, Deron Bennett; editors, Alex Galer and Rebecca Taylor; publisher, Archaia.

Abigail and the Snowman 1 (December 2014)

Abigail and the Snowman #1

Abigail and the Snowman feels very familiar. Roger Langridge does a beautiful job with the artwork, which has a bunch of great montage sequences and sight gags. The art is great. And a lot of the writing is good. Really good. All of the writing is good, occasionally it’s really good.

Occasionally too, however, the comic feels like a fresh take on a standard situation. Abigail is the new girl at school, she has a single parent–her dad, she sort of has to take care of him, she doesn’t make friends easily. There’s nothing interesting in the ground situation Langridge is setting up. A lot of it is stale.

The titular Snowman appears towards the end of the issue. Presumably he’ll figure in more in subsequent issues…

It’s a good comic from Langridge, but it never even approaches sublime. It’s too constructed, too self-aware of its selling points.


Writer, artist, letterer, Roger Langridge; editor, Rebecca Taylor; publisher, KaBOOM!.

Harbinger: Faith 0 (December 2014)

Harbinger: Faith #0

A lot of Faith, the comic, not the character, comes down to her boyfriend, Torque. Being majorly behind on Harbinger, I had no idea they were dating. I never liked the character and they seem like a questionable fit, which is what the comic turns out to be–Faith realizing her place in the world.

Writer Joshua Dysart takes it seriously too. He puts enough work in so the dumb boyfriend moments like Torque feel like natural dumb boyfriend moments and not artificial ones engineered to move the plot along. They do look like those types of moments, but they aren’t. Dysart keeps the comic sincere.

Artist Robert Gill does a good job too. He doesn’t have a lot of action to do, but he handles it well when it does come up.

Dysart uses a Twitter device. It’s distracting… if only because I couldn’t stop thinking about character count.


Writer, Joshua Dysart; artist, Robert Gill; colorist, Jose Villarrubia; letterer, Dave Sharpe; editor, Kyle Andrukiewicz; publisher, Valiant Entertainment.

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