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Review: Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1

Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1

It’s been twenty years since the riders defeated the Destroyer God of Evil and saved the galaxy. But when The Mother of All Evil Gods appears and threatens to take control of every dimension and every strain of possible reality, the now cybernetically-enhanced ex-riders will come together and travel into her mind to ASSASSINATE HER SOUL! Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1 kicks off a suicidal mission into an infinite vortex of blood and death!

Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1 jumps twenty years ahead since the last volume and the riders have separated from each other. The issue has no problem dropping you into the action with assassins attacking Peligro delivering attitude fantastic visuals. From there, it’s space gods and cosmic weirdness. It’s clear writer Carlos Giffoni loves Jack Kirby as the series drips the cosmic craziness.

Twenty years have passed since the events of the previous two volumes, separating the riders from each other. Things start off with, assassins attacking Peligro for reasons unknown. Yet, they are swiftly eliminated in battle when Mono calls him using the stars themselves. Peligro manages to arrive in time to save Mono from the spirt of Maria Lionza. Mono reveals the strange, mystical origin story of the women and the threat her return represents to the universe. Will the riders save the universe again?

The art by Alexis Ziritt is a fantastic blend of psychedelic color schemes and science fiction. It took feels like a love letter to Kirby and psychedelic 70s rock posters. Ziritt shows us the lethality and combat prowess Peligro has retained, as he easily fights off and dispatches his assassins. It sets up the character as one who might be able to take on a god. Ziritt also delivers some fantastic visuals as we learn more about the gods and what threat looms.

Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1 is the start of the latest cosmic space opera that is a love letter to comic creator greats while forging its own path.

Story: Carlos Giffoni Art: Alexis Ziritt Letters: Ryan Ferrier
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1

Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1

Written by: Carlos Giffoni
Art by: Alexis Ziritt
Lettered/Designed by: Ryan Ferrier
In Stores: November 27, 2019

The satanic nightmare continues. A vortex of death and blood takes the riders to an unexpected location before they can reach the empress of darkness, Mar a Lionza. The final barrier, demonic versions of themselves ready to take over the reins of their souls!

Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1

Psychedelic space warriors & kitty cats w/ comics writer Carlos Giffoni. Listen to the Podcast

Comics writer/musician Carlos Giffoni joins us to talk about his series Strayed, a sci-fi story about the military industrial complex, staring a pet cat, with art by Juan Doe, and Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness with Alexis Ziritt, which is some seriously trippy stuff. 

At 14 Carlos began singing in a punk band in his homeland Venezuela. Since then, he has been involved in experimental music with over a dozen releases. He has worked on projects for League of Legends, South Park, Ugly Americans, The Daily Show, and other established properties. He currently lives in LA, with his two cats Viktor and Lou Reed. He started writing comic books a few years ago with two creator-owned series and more on the way. https://twitter.com/carlosgiffoni

  • Don’t worry, the cat is safe! “he’s just under stress”
  • Why we needed to know that the cat would be ok
  • On inheriting a highly personal creator-driven comic
  • Casual Spanish
  • His work in the animation industry
  • & I, https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn finally get to talk Hawkwind with someone who cares

Meet Your Next Hero… Lou the Cat in Strayed

In Dark Horse’s latest series, Strayed, life is bleak. A military-industrial complex reigns over all humanity and is actively destroying distant alien worlds. But there is hope for the galaxy yet and luckily, this hero has nine lives!

The fate of the universe rests in the paws of Lou, an astral-projecting cat and his loving owner Kiara. Desperate to preserve the well-being of billions, their revolt against the status quo is a battle for love, friendship, and the soul of humanity, all brought to you from psychedelic space!

Strayed comes to you from the minds of writer and first-time comics creator Carlos Giffoni, artist and colorist Juan Doe, and letterer Matt Krotzer. They are joined by a host of talented variant cover artists: Dustin Ngyuen, Jim Mahfood, Alexis Ziritt, Matteo Scalera, and Sanford Greene.

Strayed #1 (of 5) arrives in comic shops August 14th.

Strayed #1