A man is captured by a hostile military and interrogated, but the other side is an exiled group of humans in space in Cemetery Beach #1.
In the 1920s a group of industrialists and scientists found a way to travel off world. By the 1930s they began traveling off world and developed a colony. Eventually the colony is discovered and Mike Blackburn is sent out to investigate and report back. However, he is captured and this brings us to the present.
Blackburn plays very friendly and nonthreatening to keep the interrogator off-guard. The interrogator is giving up information about what this place is and how long it has been since he has seen Earth. Blackburn has heard enough and makes his escape, but not before picking up a local who can help him escape, Grace Moody.
This is a pretty good start to a series. I am very intrigued as to what this place is he is on. It is a colony, but a space colony or is it on a planet? Is it in our solar system and what year is it? Blackburn talks about smartphones so it is not the distant past.
I have a lot of questions I really want to know the answers to. Blackburn is an interesting and compelling character. He is very suave and confident. I think he will be a good protagonist as we watch his adventures through this colony and back home.
My only real complaint is it is and felt very short. Only the background of the general premise is established. I would to have liked to have seen a bit more of almost anything put into the story. We see a little bit of action and it was a good scene, but is was so quick and unsatisfying.
I am also interested in seeing what kind of comic book this is. It appears to be an espionage or a POW story, but it has some humor in it as well. I get the feeling it will lean into the humor side very hard. It is hard to say why it is just a feeling I get. The more sci-fi espionage path I think will produce a lot better story though. If it is just lighthearted I think it just may work.
This is a pretty good start to a new series, but it is too early and so little has really been revealed that it is really hard to tell yet. I will keep my eyes out for issue two and hope it continues in a positive direction. However, I have a real fear for some reason it will lean hard on the humor and I think that is not the right choice.
Written by: Warren Ellis
Art by: Jason Howard
Cover by: Jason Howard
Publisher: Image Comics