Release Date: OUT NOW! Publisher: Image Writer: Ivan Brandon Artist: Nic Klein
The onslaught of creator- owned science fiction comics published by Image is showing no signs of slowing down, and the latest to hit offers a new spin on the sci- fi/ Western subgenre. Recent series like Copperhead have shown how heavily explored this territory is, but Drifter still manages to feel fresh thanks to an enigmatic central mystery and lurid visuals.
The series opens with an escape pod crash- landing on a distant alien world. The pod’s occupant is Abram Pollux, a man on the run from a shadowy past, and while the planet’s landscape holds monstrous dangers, he finds shelter at the nearby human outpost Ghost Town. However, it soon turns out that Pollux’s memories may be playing tricks on him…
Writer Ivan Brandon and artist Nic Klein previously teamed on Viking, and here their approach is even more nuanced and creative, giving us an impressively bleak and believable drama while also showcasing hard- edged SF world- building. Klein’s gorgeous fully painted art adds a lush, evocative atmosphere to the series, and these first three issues feature a number of vivid setpieces, as well as some brutal violence. Dark, brooding and slow- burning, Drifter is taking its time to reveal its mysteries, but so far it’s a well- crafted pulp thriller that’s a strong addition to Image’s current line- up. Saxon Bullock Brandon was taught comic art by Batman: Year One’s David Mazzucchelli; he drew his first comic with Mazzucchelli’s help aged 10.
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