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Review: Astro Hustle #1

Astro Hustle #1

Chen Andalou, the black sheep of a prominent activist family, returns after being accidentally put in cryo-stasis for sixty years. Chen, a cosmic criminal, wakes up to find his younger brother is now the President of the Galaxy. Chen does what he knows best: he steals stuff and causes a problem.

Let us not pretend you don’t think you know exactly what Astro Hustle #1 will be like before you even open the cover. A cover which looks like a 70’s or 80’s science fiction poster in the vein of Star Wars, but with a lot more pink.

With an art style reminiscent of the same era, Astro Hustle has a strange retro feel to its presentation, but there’s nothing retro about the story itself. Tom Reilly‘s art is both evocative of the space operas of yesteryears comic books and also freshly appetizing for today’s new readers. Ursula Decay brings a vivid life to the book, which is exactly what I hoped for and expected after staring at the cover before opening up the comic. visually, this is a brilliant comic; the interplanetary locations feel individual and alive while retaining visual queues that help the reader take in information regarding the story; things like cleanliness, weather and atmospheric conditions that you don’t think you notice.

Jai Nitz pens a swift escapist space crime story that should bring all your fond memories of the various pirates and space pirates and their adventures that you’ve ever read (or watched), but despite the sense of an old friend coming back to see you, this is a story that’s more than original enough to stand on its own.

There’s a rich history hidden within these pages, both of the universe and of the characters, that’s hinted at throughout the comic that’s just waiting for exposure over the course of the story (of course it could be that I missed the first series/miniseries, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t. If I did, then credit should be given for never once making me feel lost in the story).

Rarely do I read science fiction comics I enjoy as much as I have Astro Hustle. All the hallmarks of a great story is here, from the commentary about privilege, punishment and corruption for those willing and wanting a deeper story, but there’s also a flat out exciting story if you just want to be entertained.

Plus, space pirates.

Story: Jai Nitz Art: Tom Reilly
Colours: Ursula Decay Letters Crank!
Story: 8.9 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Astro Hustle #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Astro Hustle #1 (Dark Horse) – A new series from Jai Nitz and Tom Reilly feels like an update to the 70s action sci-fi adventure.

Conan the Barbarian #4 (Marvel) – The series has been amazing so far and we expect no less from this issue. Conan is back!

Die #4 (Image Comics) – Some comic love to roleplaying games constantly makes the case it’s the best series out there right now.

Domino: Hotshots #1 (Marvel) – Gail Simone has been having a lot of fun with Domino and this next chapter looks like it’s going to continue the rocking adventure.

Doomsday Clock #9 (DC Comics) – The event has been up and down but we’re still intrigued to see what’s next.

Meet the Skrulls #1 (Marvel) – Skrulls are in the spotlight due to Captain Marvel and this story of their hiding out in America seems like it could be really interesting.

Morning in America #1 (Oni Press) – Taking place in 1983, a group of girls investigate a series of disappearances.

Ronin Island #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Greg Pak’s new series and we’re totally in just due to that.

Six Million Dollar Man #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The classic property hasn’t had the best goes as far as comics but we’re not giving up yet and hoping this is the one that nails it.

Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions #1 (Marvel) – Darth Vader has been amazing to explore in comics and this new series continues that.

Do the Astro Hustle this March with Jai Nitz

Get ready to boogie and hustle as Dark Horse blasts off on a sexy space pirate romp inspired by the sci-fi disco era of the late ‘70s from writer Jai Nitz.

Astro Hustle follows Chen Andalou, a cosmic criminal and the black sheep of one of the galaxy’s most prominent families. Chen wakes up sixty years after he was accidentally placed in cryo-stasis to find that his younger brother is now the president of the galaxy. Instead of reforming his dastardly ways, Chen gets back to what he does best: piracy and causing problems! 

Astro Hustle #1 (of four) goes on sale March 6, 2019.