Comics

Issue by Issue – Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #1

Writer – Joe Casey
Artist – Nathan Fox, Jim Rugg, Ulises Fariñas
Colours – Brad Simpson
Letters – Simon Bowland

If one just so happens to be a fan of science fiction, then this book is for them. What Nathan Fox, Jim Rugg, Ulises Farinas and Joe Casey have done is take Jack Kirby’s classic property and bring it screaming into the present with a modern take that is probably the most fun to be found in a book that features true science fiction, heavy on the science. The very first page of the book starts out like you are reading a book from Ray Bradbury or James Blish but then you turn the page and it is big-screen action reminiscent of Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5 and Star Wars. The gang is all here as well including Klavus, Tarin, Orca and Mister Mind and all get introduced, as does our captain, well and good. There is no guesswork involved in trying to figure out who is who and Casey not only accomplishes that quite well but the whole book from start to finish. The script is taut, suspenseful and smart and it is no surprise given Casey’s history of great books from Wildcats to his very own Sex from Image Comics. The man knows how to write and if this issue is any indication of the rest of the series, it will definitely end up being one of the best, if not the best titles put out by Dynamite today. The book is all action and the pacing is rapid-fire. There is not a first issue that has been this engrossing or this entertaining in quite some time. The artwork is absolutely beautiful on all fronts as well and the team of artists do a fantastic job of it all. They nail the look of the characters and their uniqueness, the science-fiction spectacle they put down on every page is amazing and they even give Captain Victory a haircut. If you happen to go and pick this book up, and if you are not then do so, it will almost seem like you are discovering comics again for the first time. It is that good. A win in every column that counts.

5 out of 5

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