Writer: Steve Niles
Art: Christopher Mitten
Colors: Jay Fotos
Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Publisher: BLACK MASK STUDIOS (July 2015)
Rick, Dagmar & Jules continue their trek to Ganymede, to find the girl they were hired to take back from a religious cult. As they make their descent to the moon and the private religion’s station, we find that not all of them are going to make it back alive. And the mystery woman who … OH DEAR GOD … It’s the woman whose BABY was still attached to the umbilical cord, but is floating outside of … WOW!!!
The Big Moment:
I nearly got kicked out of my apartment because of what happened to the one crew member that died … and my very loud, very profanity-riddened reaction.
Niles is truly a master of his craft, building a new wave of horror in the depths of space. There was plenty of tension to start off with, but this issue really amped it up by 10. The mystery behind the religious cult that took the girl our crew is looking for depends while they deal with their “intruder” from last issue. Niles keeps the suspense and the drama going, making readers grip to every page with surprises and small revelations. The pacing was also wonderful as it kept the reader and the main characters on their toes the entire issue.
Mitten’s gothic art is pure nightmares and dreams given form. Space never looked so beautiful … and so haunting at the same time. There is a great deal of power. While his style is rougher, it is perfect for this book; allowing a great and deep atmosphere to go along with the emotional and horrific images. Foto makes Mittens’ work all the more pronounced as his colors help build the right atmosphere for space … and for the story.
This issue was solid, nothing to really complain about.
We got ourselves a space thriller/horror that keeps you at the edge of your seat. An interesting horror trope was used in this issue, but Niles made it fresh. Mitten and Foto present a universe that is both beautiful and dangerous. The tone and pacing were superb and I am gripped at the edge of my seat, needing more to find out what will happen next and what else will be discovered.