Red Dog #2 – Review
Written & Created by: Rob Cohen
Adapted by: Andi Ewington
Pencils by: Rob Atkins
Published by: 451 Media Group
We’ve all been there, I’m sure. That feeling that even among a hundred people we’re all alone with no one to understand what we are going through. Each of us cope as we can. Me? I have my dogs. I have five dogs and they are perfect for me to release all my woes with. Were I the only kid on a space mining colony, I’d need all of them to help me make it through. Kyle, our protagonist, is in just that position. Neither adult enough to do what he wants, nor child enough to enjoy simply being a kid. He has a dog as well, a cute computerized canine named Q. If they could stay out of trouble long enough, maybe he can enjoy growing up.
Rob Cohen has given us a glimpse into an interesting future. Imagine being the only kid in a mining colony on a distant planet for a moment. The conditions outside a habitat bubble are lethal, both the twin-sunned environment and the hostile natives. Everything that you do in a small environment like that is magnified as the slightest misstep could result in a life or death situation. Cohen has brought us here to explore those kinds of moments. The ones with the microscope firmly looking at our choices.
The artwork, however, really puts you into that world. The harsh, orange background around everything lends an other-worldliness to each panel, reinforcing that we are not on Earth. It feels hot to look at, and we remember that there are twin suns so that it is always daytime. Imagine a childhood with nothing but an artificial rhythm, and then imagine it alone. Each emotion is delicately drawn by Rob Atkins, and the realism with which he reproduces the characters and scenery is easy to overlook as the story takes the reader in. That is quite an accomplishment for an artist, much like when an actor ceases to be the actor and actually becomes the character for the viewer, this artwork ceases to be just on the page and infuses itself into our surroundings.
We have a boy and his dog Q. I must say I’m a huge sucker for stories with dogs as a main character, and Q looks to become one of my favorites. From just being a silly playmate, to hazarding the exterior with his Kyle, Q has a personality that is unmistakable. Give him a pack and we can see what a quantum computer minded dog can accomplish, and just how much that can affect Kyle as he tries to master both childhood and adulthood at the same time. I can’t wait to continue reading this six-issue series.