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Review: Colonus TPB

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The future: a dying Earth has been abandoned, the poor and weak left behind. While Earth’s elite survivors colonized Mars, its outcasts—the miscreants, criminals, fringe-dwellers, crackpot scientists, and sociopaths—fled inward, to Venus (“a place fit for scumbags”). Three generations later, the denizens of Venus, strengthened by hardship forged in brutality and hellish conditions, are thriving. Attracted by the successful launch of Venus’s second floating “cloud city,” the corporate fascists of the Mars Council launch an insurgency for control of Venus . . . but Braxton, the third generation leader of this colony of outlaws, will fight to save his family dynasty.

Time and nature hardened the first people of Venus. And after three generations, of making their planet habitable Mars wants a share. Unfortunately, they are willing to engage in murder, conspiracies, and rigging elections to get it. Even going to as far as to attack during a sacred event to Venus. This is the world of Colonus that writer Ken Pisani has created. Despite all the hard futuristic science fiction roots within the graphic novel, you can also see some allegories to modern times. It continues a fine honored tradition in science fiction.

Arturo Lauria‘s art style reminds me of Mignola’s art style. There is a lot of contrast between the limited shots of the Martian landscape, and the much crueler Venus landscape. Even between the people of Mars, and the people of Venus.

Story: Ken Pisani Art: Arturo Lauria
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review