Review: Winter Suns Vol. 1
One of the best shows to ever air on television was Sliders. Airing during the 90s, the show featured an intrepid group who traveled to parallel universes. It featured Jerry O’Connell and John Rhys Davies. What most endeared me to the show was how it often balanced character and story development in equal measure to be one of the best-written shows of its time.
You felt connected to each of the characters and each of their personal struggles, an archetype that can be seen in today’s serial procedurals. As compelling as each character was, it was the dynamics between the characters which made for must-watch television. It never felt like forced chemistry but as if they were old friends. What stood out in each episode was also the world-building. It gave us so many unique worlds. In the debut volume of Winter Suns, we meet a crew much like those beloved characters in Sliders, who you can relate to and root for.
We are taken to space salvage ship, Proud Mary, which is entering the orbit of a war-ravaged world Of Keth, one which has factions fighting for control. As their entry awakens the planet’s defense system, Korbin, as it readies itself to kill if necessary. We also meet the ship’s captain, Jonah, a man with a complicated family history, who when he awakens, is the only one alive with the rest of his crew supposedly missing. By the issue’s end, we find out exactly how this world came to be and what exactly happened to the rest of the crew of the Proud Mary
Overall, an engaging debut which both endears us to the protagonist and provides social commentary which is always science fiction at its best. The story by Rick Hughes is smart and layered. The art is beautiful. Altogether, a story which shows why indie comics are always the best.
Story: Rick Hughes Art: Rick Hughes
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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