South­ern Cross

Take a trip to Ti­tan

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Comics -

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

Pub­lisher: Im­age Comics Writer: Becky Cloo­nan Artist: Andy Belanger

Mak­ing the leap

from draw­ing comics to writ­ing them doesn’t al­ways go smoothly, but ac­claimed artist Becky Cloo­nan is al­ready on her way to prov­ing her met­tle as a scripter. Fol­low­ing up her well­crafted self- pub­lished comics like The Mire, and her co- writ­ing gig on DC’s fan­tas­tic Gotham Academy, she’s also tack­ling solo writ­ing du­ties on South­ern Cross, a cre­ator- owned ti­tle from Im­age that’s turn­ing out to be a fas­ci­nat­ing and at­mo­spheric sci- fi thriller.

The story fol­lows Alex Braith, a woman who’s head­ing to Saturn’s moon Ti­tan in or­der to re­cover the body of her re­cently de­ceased sis­ter. The ve­hi­cle for her jour­ney is the South­ern Cross, a gi­gan­tic space­craft with a crew who all hold a va­ri­ety of dan­ger­ous se­crets. How­ever, as a se­ries of weird oc­cur­rences start plagu­ing those on­board, it soon looks un­cer­tain whether or not Alex will even sur­vive the jour­ney to Ti­tan…

In­flu­enced by Agatha Christie mur­der mys­ter­ies, is­sues one to four of this first six- is­sue arc mix hard SF with a darker, more hor­rific edge while also find­ing plenty of room to ex­plore the var­ied and in­ter­est­ing cast of char­ac­ters. There’s ob­vi­ously a lot of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Cloo­nan and artist Andy Belanger, whose imag­i­na­tive lay­outs and vivid im­agery leaves the comic feel­ing like a blend of Alien and The Bal­lad Of Halo Jones. Sharp, edgy and grip­ping, it’s another great Im­age sci- fi ti­tle, and fur­ther proof that Cloo­nan is a se­ri­ously im­pres­sive comics tal­ent. Saxon Bul­lock One of Cloo­nan’s in­spi­ra­tions for South­ern Cross was Fran­cis Mar­ion Craw­ford’s 1886 ghost story “The Up­per Berth”.

Not ex­actly a walk in the park.

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