Review: Lost Planet: First Colony #1

20130901-134308.jpgAs Titan Comics continues to grow, it is only a natural progression to increase the number of video game copyright permissions to ensure all corners of the market are touched. Unfortunately, as with most video game to comic book crossovers, Lost Planet: First Colony #1 fails to rise above average. Timed with the release of the Lost Planet 3 video game, this two-part digital-first series takes place 40 years before the events of the game.

As humanity clings on to the last remnants of a pollution-ravaged earth, the government launches an extensive space exploration campaign in a desperate search for natural resources. After stealing planetary data from a corporate ship, the rag-tag staff of the Crusader makes its way toward the evacuated E.D.N. III colony in search of abandoned terraforming hardware. As expected, they get more than they bargained for…

While I appreciate writer Izu‘s decision to follow a fringe crew as opposed to a predictable mining crew, he made some questionable plot decisions. First, despite the interstellar capabilities of the future, their ship lacked the weather software necessary to prevent or predict an ’emperor-class storm’ from causing a crash landing. Then, once crashed on the icebound, frozen planet, they carried on conversations without retrieving any cold weather gear first (the captain had on a t-shirt!). They eventually suited up, but too little too late for me.

Artist Massimo Dall’oglio did his best to bring out the harshness of the ice planet, but nothing in his illustrations stood out from similar comics in the genre. He failed to capitalize on what could have been gorgeous full-page illustrations, by opting instead for ubiquitous panels which stunted the pacing. Also, and this applies to the lettering, but there was no difference in color, text, or shape between the speech balloons and the location captions. The only difference was a balloon tail…very frustrating.

A successful video game to comic book transition is a rarity in this industry. Amidst a number of high quality Titan series, this one, unfortunately, missed the mark.

Story: Izu Art: Massimo Dall’oglio
Story: 5.5 Art: 5.5 Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Read

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review