Review – Voracious #1
Writer: Markisan Naso
Artist: Jason Muhr
Cover: Jason Muhr (regular and variant)
You know, you should never judge a book by its cover. I’m sure glad I didn’t because I was in for a surprise. Who would have thought you could mix dinosaurs and restaurants? This story follows the whirlwind life of Nate Willner and his time travelling adventures. In a terrible accident, Nate’s whole life went downhill. Losing his job and people he loves puts him in The Middle of Nowhere, Utah. It’s not all bad, especially after being left with an inheritance of $500,000 and an estate from your uncle Tony all to yourself.
This comic almost seems like one big movie reference. From Aliens to Superman to Jurassic Park, we get a little bit of all these titles in one, and it blends together so well. After recieving his inheritance, Nate goes off to the estate to look around. What he finds is a technological store room to rival the Batcave. Nate finds some old records of his uncle pointing him in the right direction. That direction is to his old Time Diving suits that would lead to a fixed point in time. Nate decides to try one on and see where it takes him. He lands in a field of dinosaurs. If you’ve paid attention to the cover, then you’d now know Nate’s secret ingredient to getting his life back on track.
I have to give it up to Markisan Naso for such an interesting first issue. I was expecting a Jurassic Park comic after seeing the front cover, but it didn’t happen. I’m glad, too. Also, the personalities of these characters are great. We’ve got our tragic but good protagonist, genius uncle with deep secrets, old army captain friend, licorice-eating and beer-drinking grandma, and our the girl that our protagonist needs but doesn’t deserve. The way these characters interact is great, and I can;t wait to learn their history. Jason Muhr’s art and Andrei Tabacaru’s colors are so great together. The way Uncle Tony’s house was drawn makes me want to move out of civilization and live there. All the textures in the rocks and dinosaurs were amazingly done. I do love the way the dinosaurs were vibrant colors rather than the typical greens and browns. There are very few hiccups in the artwork, but nothing drastic enough to take away from the picture. The little recipe in the back definitely adds to the fun.