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Review: Rogue Planet #1

Rogue Planet #1

Rogue Planet #1 kicks off an intriguing series blending science fiction and horror for a result that’ll leave you muttering “wtf.” The story follows a salvage crew who follow a signal to a “rogue planet,” one that doesn’t orbit a star but instead floats endlessly through space.

Written by Cullen Bunn, the comic feels rather familiar and for those into deep space science fiction, the comic is a bit been there. Bunn, though, delivers small details and that horror aspect that make this debut stand out. That’s part of the strength of the comic. What feels familiar eventually shifts and leaves you scratching your head. What the salvage crew runs across are the things of horror. While there’s hints as to what we’re looking at, and when you think about it, it all comes together, but each on their own is something new.

And that new really works. Bunn is a master of horror and its use in this sci-fi setting feels fresh. What is presented to feels like something new, at least to me. The visuals are unique.

That uniqueness comes through the art of Andy MacDonald with color by Nick Filardi and lettering by Crank!. It’s hard to describe what’s seen without spoiling the comic. There’s just a level of disgust within that you’ll love or hate. It’s not designs for the squeamish. There’s also lots of small details in the sci-fi aspects. The early part of the comic, some of this world is told through small details added. What we see the crew wearing, or have implanted, helps expand what we’re introduced to.

Rogue Planet #1 is a solid blend of sci-fi and horror and while many aspects are familiar, the overall package is a great read for fans of either genre.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Andy MacDonald
Color: Nick Filardi Letterer: Crank!
Story: 7.25 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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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 week. It’s the second week of new comics after the shutdown and that also means the return of Marvel!

Alienated #3 (BOOM! Studios) – The first two issues of this series has been amazing as three kids discover an alien and all the trouble the spins out from that.

Basquiat (Lawrence King Publishing) – Learn about this amazing artist. – Read our review.

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Dead Day #1 (AfterShock) – The dead are able to come back for just one night. The idea of this “annual macabre holiday” is really interesting and unique and we want to see where this series goes.

Disaster, Inc. #1 (AfterShock) – A new series from writer Joe Harris and artist Sebastian Piriz takes us on a tour of some of the worst places on earth while digging up trouble. The concept of disaster tourism is a new one for comics and we’re excited to check this one out. – Check out our exclusive preview.

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My Video Game Ate My Homework (DC Comics) – Part of DC’s line of graphic novels for young readers, this is also one of the few that are original properties. Every one of their “kids” graphic novels have been top notch so far and we’d expect nothing less of this one.

Rogue Planet #1 (Oni Press) – A new sci-fi series from writer Cullen Bunn and artist Andy MacDonald about a salvage vessel tracking a planet with no star system to call its own.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 (Marvel) – Doctor Aphra is the best addition to the Star Wars universe in quite a while. A mix of Indiana Jones and pure chaos we’re always excited for her adventures. – Read the review of this first issue.

Venom #25 (Marvel) – It’s the end of “Venom Island” but an over-sized issue has us expecting something big for this series which has become really tied into Marvel’s bigger picture.

Around the Tubes

2020 Rescue #1

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for the weekday to end and weekend begins, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

How To Love Comics – Blackest Night Reading Order Checklist – This was a fun one worth checking out.

ICv2 – Midtown Comics Opening Outlet Store in Astoria, Queens – Nice!

The Beat – ReedPOP is now offering Emerald City Comic Con Artists Alley exhibitors refunds – As they should. Hopefully, they won’t be hit by travel and hotel costs. You can help by supporting these creators online!

Reviews

CBR – 2020 Rescue #1
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CBR – Billionaire Island #1
Talking Comics – Middlewest #15
CBR – Outer Darkness/Chew #1
CBR – Rogue Planet #1

Oni Announces Cullen Bunn, Andy MacDonald, and Nick Filardi’s Rogue Planet

Cullen Bunn debuted some of his earliest work with Oni Press and this April he launches Rogue Planet with Andy MacDonald and Nick Filardi.

Salvage vessel Cortes tracks the Lonely Orphan, a planet with no star system to call its own. Somewhere on this hostile rock is a payload fit for a king. To attain it, though, the crew of the Cortes must brave razor rock, poisonous vapors, treacherous footing, and… the most mind-numbing horrors imaginable. Something nightmarish is at work on Lonely Orphan. Something cruel. Something hungry.

Rogue Planet #1 arrives in finer comic shops everywhere on April 1, 2020, and is currently available for order in the February dated Diamond PREVIEWS catalog. Reserve your copy with your local retailer now.

Rogue Planet