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Review: Breaklands Vol. 1

Breaklands

The first story arc of Breaklands is being collected in trade paperback for the first time. This genre-bending adventure series, written by Justin Jordan, was developed by Dark Horse Comics and digitally published as a ComiXology Original. The story is set in a dystopian future where people have developed psychic powers. These psychic abilities have become a part of nearly every aspect of life. The most powerful psychics, known as Shapers, are sought after by the new ruling class. This matters very little to the powerless Kasa Fain and her little brother Adam. They live a peaceful and quiet life. That all changes when Adam is kidnapped and Kasa must set off across the world to rescue him.

Jordan puts together a story that pairs lighthearted humor with hardcore action. The banter between Kasa and the warriors she recruits to help rescue Adam is fast paced and witty. Despite these high these high points, I didn’t find the plot to be all that original. Although there is a fair amount of dialogue, a lot of the storytelling is done through visuals alone. Jordan also come up with cool uses for the various psychic abilities. Pyrokinetic powered vehicles alone are a concept I’d love to see explored further in another series.

I never thought I’d write this, but I think Breaklands almost has too much action. The narrative gets lost in between all the high-octane action sequences. Character development falls by the wayside in favor of the non-stop action. In addition, there were several action scenes that either didn’t make a lot of sense or where it was hard to tell exactly what was going on. I also think there’s almost too many characters, introduced too quickly. Some of them don’t even end up mattering to the greater narrative. Little enough attention is given to developing the main characters to begin with, so the added side characters wind up just cluttering the plot.

In Breaklands, artist Tyasseta draws everything with a cool aesthetic. There are many beautiful full-page spreads in which Tyasetta gets to showcase the world he and Jordan have created. Tyasetta injects a mix of cultures into the vehicles, clothing, and the adornment of buildings. He also draws a variety of different action scenes, some more violent than others. The gorier fight scenes look comical since they’re drawn in a very animated style. I don’t mean for that sentence to come off as a negative. This juxtaposition between gore and cartoon styling actually contributes to the comic’s unique look.

When it comes to comic book storytelling, I often feel like writers come up with a cool concept but then struggle to tell a coherent story within the world they’ve created. In my opinion Breaklands suffers from the opposite problem. Jordan weaves together a strong, albeit familiar, narrative but the world he’s created doesn’t do much to support his story. The story has substance, but the concept is mostly flash. Luckily, Tyasetta uses his talents to full effect and illustrates that flash in a visually pleasing manner. All in all, this is a series that’s not going to appeal to everyone. If you enjoyed Justin Jordan’s previous works or are a fan of dystopian adventures, you’ll probably find something to like about this series. If those caveats don’t apply to you, maybe read the first issue before committing to the entire trade paperback.

Story: Justin Jordan Art: Tyasseta
Color: Sarah Stern Letterer: Rachel Deering
Story: 5.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Dark Horse and comiXology provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Visit the Breaklands with Justin Jordan and Tyasseta

Enter the Breaklands, an all-new, creator-owned mini-series from Justin Jordan, acclaimed artist Tyasseta, and colorist Sarah Stern, with letters by Rachel Deering. Set 150 years in the future, Breaklands features a world where everyone has powers… except for one young woman, Kasa Fain, who is desperate to find her recently kidnapped brother.

This epic 5-issue comic series is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content. Breaklands #1 is available to read at no additional cost on September 4th for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

150 years after humanity developed psychic powers and ended the world as we know it, a new world has emerged. Everyone has powers. Some powers, like the ability to light a match, are modest. But some powers – like the ability to reshape the world – are both vast and dangerous. Kasa Fain is different. She doesn’t possess powers. Kasa is an outsider, a teenager who has been in hiding, until the day her younger brother is kidnapped and everything changes.

Breaklands

Oni Press Announces their Plans for Rick and Morty #50

Rick and Morty comics creators Kyle Starks, Marc Ellerby, Andrew MacLean, Tini Howard, Jarrett Williams, Sarah Graley, Josh Trujillo, Rii Abrego, Benjamin Dewey, and Sarah Stern return for a special 50th issue of the Oni Press comic. The very special issue is filled with lots of memories… memories Morty would rather forget! Join us as we celebrate this milestone with a super oversized MORTY’S MINDBLOWERS issue with an introduction from Justin Roiland, the co-creator of Rick and Morty and the voice of Rick Sanchez!

Rick and Morty #50 celebrates the lineage of the first 49 Oni Press issues in this radical 48-page comic with 40 pages of story, all wrapped up in three covers with the first by Marc Ellerby and Sarah Stern, then two connecting covers by comic artist Matt Horak.

And to add to the fun, Oni is also throwing in limited reprints of the first original five issues written by Zac Gorman, illustrated by CJ Cannon, and colored by Ryan Hill, will have additional reprints with five new connecting covers by Marc Ellerby and Sarah Stern.

In case you missed the first 5 issues of Oni Press’s Rick and Morty comic, here’s a recap:

Rick and Morty #1

Dan Harmon & Justin Roiland’s hilarious hit Adult Swim animated series RICK and MORTY™ now has its own comic book series from Oni Press! Join degenerate superscientist Rick Sanchez as he embarks on all-new insane adventures with his awkward grandson Morty, his teenage granddaughter Summer, his veterinary surgeon daughter Beth, and his hapless son-in-law Jerry. In this issue: Part One of “The Wubba Lubba Dub Dub of Wall Street”!

Rick and Morty #1

Rick and Morty #2

The stars of the hit Adult Swim show continue their first epic comic book adventure in Part Two of “The Wubba Lubba Dub Dub of Wall Street”! Trapped in a winding labyrinth of Rick’s own design, Morty desperately searches for an escape as Rick desperately searches for his hidden cache of booze. Meanwhile, the rest of the family tries to figure out what to do with Morty’s now-vacant room, not to mention the weird alien Jerry accidentally released from Rick’s lab.

Rick and Morty #2

Rick and Morty #3

“The Wubba Lubba Dub Dub of Wall Street” continues! Morty has made it home from the horrors of the labyrinth but Rick remains stranded in a strange alternate universe where Morty is the “Rick” and Rick is the “Morty.” Can our Morty fill in for his missing grandpa and bring Rick home? Plus, Morty and Summer’s other grandpa comes for a visit that the kids will never forget.

Rick and Morty #3

Rick and Morty #4

Old Rick Donald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O! And on that farm he had a VIOLENT PROLETARIAT UPRISING! When Rick refuses to pay his alien workers a fair wage, he finds himself on the business end of a pitchfork. Meanwhile, Morty’s relationship with a beleaguered young milkmaid gets hot and heavy.

Rick and Morty #4

Rick and Morty #5

Rick and Morty team up to save a summer camp from an evil real estate developer in this cameo-packed homage to cheesy 1980’s camp comedies, “Mortballs!” Unfortunately for Morty, his idyllic summertime adventure begins to unravel when reality itself starts coming apart at the seams!

Rick and Morty #5

There will also be a very special limited run of Rick and Morty #1 Lenticular, which will be available in limited quantities at Awesome Con (April 26th-28th) and will also be available on the Oni Press website on May 29th.

Rick and Morty #50 is on sale May 29th at your local comic shop.