Review – Pilot Season: The Asset #1


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Pilot Season Asset #1 COVA_stampedIt’s the second entry in the 2010 Pilot Season contest.  The Asset #1 written by Filip Sablik with art from David Marquez is definitely entertaining.  The Asset is a modern spy thriller as a femme fatale must find her marks in the modern age, through internet dating.

Finding that someone special in the modern age isn’t easy; but online dating sites promise matches based on multi-faceted personality profiles. So what happens when you meet the woman of your dreams but she turns out to be more than what she seems? Madeline would be the perfect girlfriend if it wasn’t for the fact that she’s trying to get Doug killed.

Taking place in Washington DC (does the Suitland metro stop actually look like that?) The Asset teases a lot as to it’s potential.  But is it enough to win out over it’s competition in this contest?

The only other competition so far is 39 Minutes, which was damn good.  And since this is a competition as to which single issue will be turned into a miniseries it’s only fair the compare the two.  I really liked The Asset, it has tons of potential, but it didn’t hook as much as 39 Minutes did.

The Asset is a great read, and well worth the purchase, but this is a competition after all, and right now it’s in second place for me.  But we’re still rating it a buy.

Plot: Sablik definitely weaves a modern spy tale with it’s online dating aspect.  It’s very entertaining and I really enjoyed the narrative style, but there was something missing that made me want to see more (compared to it’s competition).  It’s still a great read and a self-contained story, unlike it’s competition.  But maybe that’s the issue, since there was no real cliffhanger, and it was pretty self-contained, that worked against it.  But no matter, it’s creative and entertaining and well worth the read.  Rating: 8.5

Art: Marquez’s art is real good.  It does the quiet moments real well and builds up to the action scenes.  The interesting points to focus on are those “quiet” scenes as a lot needs to be told through facial reactions and some of the body language.  Marquez deftly maneuvers that helping set the mood and tell the story.  Rating: 8

Overall: The Asset is a great read.  It stands on it’s own and tells a modern spy thriller.  Now, the bad thing is Pilot Season is a competition, and compared to it’s competition, my vote is for the other one (sorry Filip).  That being said, it’s still entertaining and a definite buy.  Rating: 8.25

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.99     Release: Wednesday 9/29/2010

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