Review – Southern Cross Volume 1
Southern Cross Volume 1
Written by: Becky Cloonan
Art by: Andy Belanger
Cover By: Becky Cloonan
This book takes place in space. Humans have figured out how to travel and mine the resources on other planets and moons. People travel on the Southern Cross to find work on Titan. Alex Braith is making that trip to pick up her sister’s remains and personal belongings. Her sister died while working on Titan, and Alex is determined to find out what happened and why. During the journey out to Titan Alex learns that there is a lot more surrounding the ship and planet. Deaths and disappearances have happened multiple times on the journey through space to Titan, and the trip that Alex is on is no exception. If Alex wants to solve the mystery behind her sister’s death, she is first going to have to solve the mystery behind what is happening on Southern Cross, and how to stop it.
The writing in this volume is top notch. Characters have distinctive personalities, and you can relate to the people you are reading and looking at on every page. You really get the feeling that something is happening, and that people are hiding things from everyone else. At the same time you get the feeling that no one is really safe. I like the fact that the main character has an inner dialogue going on throughout the whole story. It made things more relatable in my opinion.
The artwork matched the writing for this book. Dark muted colors go well with the feeling of being in space. There’s no natural light in space for the most part, and the artwork reflects that. Many panels have a muted, dark blue overtone to them, which is appropriate for being in a dark room. When there is lighting it is often portrayed as a yellowish hue. A few scenes use red as a lighting source. I especially liked some of the advertisements that were created for the company Zemi. Some of them have foreshadowed later story points and given you a feel for what kind of business operations the company may be running on Titan.
I really enjoyed this book. I honestly have nothing bad that I can think of, except that you may want to read this story arc more than once, and possibly not while you are at work. The story is compelling, the characters are interesting, and the artwork is some of the best that I have ran into. If you haven’t read this book, you’re doing yourself a disservice.