Sunday, July 15, 2018

Relay #1

   This is not a series for the faint of heart.

   Oh, it's not overly violent or graphic - rather, it's very smart and challenges the reader to actually think.

   Relay first came to my attention via issue #0, a Free Comic Book Day offering - here's what I said about it in this review:

  << Relay (Aftershock) - Wow, the best thing I’ve see yet - a science fiction tale of faith and mystery. Not sure where it’s going, which is a good thing, I think. >>

   And that's a pretty good recap of the first issue, too.

   The mystery of the science fiction series centers around a mysterious monolith that somehow links a number of worlds - and lest you think this is some kind of 2001: A Space Odyssey riff, the monoliths tower over the most prosperous futuristic city, and it somehow ties together different planets - just how is for future issues to explain.

   We get some glimpses of life in this futuristic setting, the threat of terror and the search for the man who discovered the monoliths, which is the key to the mystery at hand.

   The story is challenging and the art is terrific, building an amazing new world with stunning environments and diverse characters.

   It's a promising start to a smart story!

Grade: A-



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