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Review: The Last Space Race #1

It started as an anomaly. An outlier in the noise that’s so common in astronomical data. But the truth sends the United States-and the world-careening into what will become humanity’s LAST SPACE RACE.

Written by Peter Calloway, there’s a certain fun about Last Space Race #1 that takes a story we’ve seen a few different times and gives it a nice energy about it. Calloway’s story revolves around Sasha Balodis, a tech billionaire that feels like a less douchey Elon Musk. He’s Tony Stark with a space race fetish.

Now, that sounds like something we’ve seen before but Calloway gives Balodis some depth that’s unexpected. The story could be pure Top Gun cockiness with a rich guy when it comes to attitude but Calloway hints at tragedy in Balodis’ life that indicates there’s more to him than what we mainly see. How that plays out should be interesting and intriguing and set the series apart.

The art by Alex Shibao with colors from Natalia Marques and lettering by Marshall Dillon is solid. The designs is excellent with each character looking unique and a technology and world that feels familiar. It’s a smart idea of design in that it allows the reader to connect a bit more than if it were set a decade in the future and things were much more different. Shuttles like similar to what we have in real life with slight tweaks, same with space suits. A familiarity of it all helps.

At its core, the comic is something we’ve seen before but it’s the fun attitude of it all that makes it entertaining. There’s just something about the interactions and characters that deliver a first issue that has you wanting to come back. It feels like when actors have fun in their roles which makes what you’re watching more entertaining. Now, to see if it can really differentiate itself. It has the opportunity to go a wide range of ways. And, with what’s hinted at, there should be some emotional depth to what’s to come. And if done right, this could wind up being one hell of a series.

Story: Peter Calloway Art: Alex Shibao
Color: Natalia Marques Lettering: Marshall Dillon
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

AfterShock Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review