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Review – Shrapnel: Hubris #1

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I’m still fairly new to Radical’s line of comic books.  They definitely stand out with their packaging and art.  For $4.99 you get 64 pages of high quality product.  Shrapnel: Hubris is the follow up to Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising. Written Nick  Sagan and Clinnette Minnis with art by Concept Art House, the story follows the last free colony in the solar system as they’re besieged from orbit.

The last free colony in the Solar System has yet to fall, but how long can it withstand the siege? Under constant barrage from orbit and kept from replenishing much-needed supplies by a planetary blockade, the colonists of Venus find themselves in desperate circumstances. But unwilling to let their stand be in vain, the surprise hero of the war—notorious ex-marine Vijaya “Sam” Narayan—must reverse their fortunes before time runs out once and for all.

While I really enjoyed the first issue, I can’t help but feel I was missing something not having read the first series.  Even missing that, the science fiction war setting is a nice change of pace focusing on relationships and interactions between characters instead of mindless action.

Radical prides itself on producing quality product and this series definitely falls into that category.

Plot: I definitely felt I was missing something while reading this first issue, but overall Nick  Sagan and Clinnette Minnis put together a point a new reader can hop on and still enjoy.  While the war and science fiction setting may seem familiar, there’s a focus on characters and their relationships and interactions instead of mindless action.  There’s a lot here in 64 issues, and it’s definitely worth the read.  Rating: 8.25

Art: Concept Art House adds great visuals to Sagan and Minis’s story.  There’s a gritty style overall with fantastic visuals.  All of the Radical books I’ve seen put emphasis in the art along with the plot and this is no exception.  Rating: 8.5

Overall: The plot may seem familiar but the delivery definitely isn’t there’s a focus away from action and instead on relationships which makes this issue stand out.  Though you may feel like you’ve missed something, it’s well worth picking up this first issue and checking it out.  Overall rating: 8.25

Recommendation: Read

Page count: 64 pages    Price: $4.99    Release Date: 6/9/2010

Radical Publishing provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

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