Review: Con Man’s Spectrum #1

spectrum #1 coverThe survivors of a brutal alien invasion converge on the last military base on Earth. Ambushed and outgunned, pilot Cash Wayne and Captain James Raaker have to figure out how to escape in a spaceship no one has ever flown! Firefly stars Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion explore the world of “Spectrum,” the cancelled-too-soon show-within-a-show from their hit web series, Con Man!

Ok, let me start with saying I’ve yet to watch Con Man, so the whole concept of this comic series is unknown to me. I know it’s a “Firefly” like series, but the specifics aren’t one I have. Whether that’s good or bad I can’t say, but what I can say is… I really enjoyed this first issue.

I’m not a fan of Firefly (feel free to beat me up in the comments), so going into reading Con Man’s Spectrum #1 I was a bit hesitant as to what I was going to find. The first issue is entertaining. It throws you quickly into the action and this world and as the main characters learn what’s going on, we the readers do as well. Things aren’t laid out easily for the reader forcing us to pay attention to get the details. It’s clear writers PJ Haarsma and Alan Tudyk have things down, though. The comic is well-paced, entertaining, and most importantly fun.

The art by Sarah Stone and Jason Johnson is awesome. I’ve liked Stone’s style for a while and it continues here with a look that I can only describe as “Western manga influenced.” If you like the series cover, the interior is just as good, this isn’t a bait and switch that can happen too often. The only knock I’ll say is that some of the panels are dark and with the coloring, it’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on, but that adds to the atmosphere of the chaos going on. So maybe it was done on purpose?

Can a comic get me to check out a television show? It looks like it because I want to now see what Con Man is all about. This comic was fun and entertaining and I’m definitely coming back for more.

Story: PJ Haarsma, Alan Tudyk Art: Jason Johnson, Sarah Stone
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

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