Review – Critical Millennium: The Dark Frontier #2 (of 4)


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Critical Millennium #2 CoverWow, just wow.  Critical Millennium: The Dark Frontier #2 is an amazing sci-fi comic book with some great social statements as well.  This issue builds up through the testing of of the experimental engine that will take mankind far into the stars to seek a new home.

The chronicle of one thousand years of mankind’s rise and fall in outer space continues! Traveling to the outer system colonies with pop singer Angel Rei in tow, Thomm Coney and Eryc Kartoneas witness the first test launch of the experimental engine that will propel them to their destiny! But the Blackstar drive utilizes miniature black holes to catapult vessels to other worlds, and as the test begins, Thomm finds himself wondering, “Just what happens to Earth system if a black hole doesn’t close?” While the entrepreneurs are off world, natural calamity strikes New Bombay! In the devastated slums of the Ghost Quarter, the man called the Wraith rises to power, organizing the despondent Ghosts into a fanatical terrorist regime. Their focus: The death of those who would dare take mankind to the stars!

The sci-fi angle alone is a great read.  But writer Andrew E. C. Gaska goes further and adds a statement on the environment, terrorism and race.  The sub story of the caste called “ghosts” adds a layer that just enriches the overall universe.  Another layer is added with the environmental disaster in New Bombay, a future version of Katrina.

On top of Gaska’s amazing writing you have spectacular art from Daniel Dussault.  The combination of these two make a comic that’s a must buy, and one of the best surprises so far this year.

Plot: Andrew E. C. Gaska has put together an amazing sci-fi epic chronicling mankind’s escape to space spurred on by their very survival.  There’s the sci-fi aspect a very political and social context and then fantastic characters this is a comic I look forward to reading.  Just amazing.  Rating: 9.5

Art: Daniel Dussault’s artwork is amazing.  It just fits the story so well with very creative design and just fantastic visuals.  Each setting is unique but everything ties together.  This is an artist I’d keep my eye out for.  Rating: 9.5

Overall: An easy must buy this week.  If you don’t you’re doing yourself a disfavor.  In it’s second issue, this series is a top contender for limited series of the year and the best surprise of the year.  Archaia has a must deserved hit in the making.  Overall rating: 9.5

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 40 pages    Price: $3.95    Release Date: 9/1/2010

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