I absolutely love social media posts where independent creators are looking for people to review their work. Where it becomes absolutely more exciting, is when someone has tagged me, looking for a review of their work! It is an absolute thrill that my 2 cents may be meaningful to someone.
Today's title is Heavens Decoded (part 1) which has just recently launched on Kickstarter.
(If some of this seems incoherent, I'll remind you that I'm on painkillers right now after my dental surgery =-). )
The year is 2033 and we have finally built two colonies on the moon, and are slowly colonizing Mars. The story begins with a party headed to the Mars base when they discover another ship from their fleet floating aimlessly in space and is non-responsive to radio traffic. Once on board, they discover that the passengers have been nearly wiped out and the new onboarding crew is captured by the alien threat.
The very next day on another planet, we meet a "dirty dozen" style team who are tracking someone/something in the goal of procuring more knowledge. What transpires across the next 15 pages turns any understanding we may have of humans vs. aliens in this universe on its head. (This is incredibly difficult to write about without spoiling anything....)
So, in in short, you have a sci-fi tale that shows us the real expansiveness of the universe, gives us a potential epic source of conflict or alien reclamation of space, and some humans who may become increasingly more relevant throughout issues two and three.
My thoughts on the creative team
While my plot assessment is a little convoluted, it is out of sheer desire to not spoil anything in this first issue. What is clear is that Lescouflair has the chops to write comics. There is a lot of world building in this issue but you can understand all three clusters of beings you meet immediately, and understand what their stakes are in the world. Whatever is going to happen in this 3-issue series is going to be spectacular, and you are already bought in by the end of issue 1 because of Lescouflair's attention to character dynamics and detail.
Harris' art is intense. One of my favorite series of panels is when the humanoid crew boards the distressed ship, and I get those classic "Alien" style chills from the bright red blood smeared on the ship walls showing the horror which is on the horizon. The environment of Zanrid is where we see his display of one of our alien factions, and the illustration of their inner conflict is phenomenal. And holy crap, the final two pages when the sheer enormity of the coming events are revealed, I've never been more terrified in anything I've read.
Gagnon's lettering is the cherry on top. The subtle use of different colored speech balloons may make it easier to determine who is on which side. In heavier moments where dialogue builds the action, you can feel an emotional rush created by his decisions on the page.
The three of these folks sing together quite well and have produced a high quality book!
As soon as I publish this post, I will be backing Heaven's decoded for three reasons:
1. I'm hooked so hard by the final 2 pages, I'm sold on issues 2 and 3 already.
2. It is super affordable. For as low as $3-5 you are getting 2-4 digital texts. The print tiers also have several added benefits for a ridiculously low cost!
3. The book is already finished. I literally just read a completed comic, which means the return of rewards will be done quite quickly as it is a question of kickstarter releasing the funds, sending the book to the printer, and then distributing all of the additional rewards.
I definitely think this book is worth supporting at any tier of your choosing. Right now, I'm looking at the Teacher's tier because there are an amazing collection of physical and digital rewards....and you get a shirt, which you know I'm a huge sucker for!
This book has 30 days, and $750 to reach its goal. Let's help this team make it a reality!
(Depending on how quickly I can comfortably talk again, I'd love to interview them on my channel!
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...