Satellite Falling #1 – Review
Writer: Steve Horton
Cover: Stephen Thompson, PJ Holden (subscription variant), June Bringman (retailer incentive variant)
Art: Stephen Thompson
Ever read something so good that you don’t know how to start off describing it? That’s how I feel right now after reading Satellite Falling. We’ve got aliens, super advanced technology, drama, and crime. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the ingredients to a creative story to me.
We open up with a though recording of our protagonist Lilly. She’s full of longing and pain after the death of a loved one. That death my have sparked her dangerous career as a bounty hunter. With the police on her side, she’s bringing in money through an undercover cab service and a few holograms that allows her to change her looks. Who’d expect a bounty hunter driving a cab?
Steve Horton wastes no time with letting us in on Lilly. From the first panel to the last, we get a deep look at the emotional pain she’s experiencing. I focus on this because Horton isn’t using pain to hold Lilly down. Instead, Lilly is coping like a normal human being. I hate it when a character is too hung up on a death that happened long ago as well as characters who go way out of their way to bottle up their feelings. Also, setting is a big deal when establishing an alien world. Horton lets us know all the where, who, and why about Satellite (the world our character is on) in just a few words. Not too many details on the subject, but I can still keep up.
There also isn’t a lot of internal monologue. Yes there is some, but not to the point where its distracting or taking up space and words. everything is unfolding naturally. Steve Horton doesn’t throw a lot of backstory at us, which is good. It allows the audience to piece simple facts together.
Speaking of alien worlds, I love the designs here. Not just the buildings or space ships, but the people as well. It makes me think of the Star Wars prequels (yes I liked them). I really enjoy what Stephen Thompson is accomplishing through his work. Along with Lisa Jackson’s colors, nothing looks too gaudy or too alien if you know what I mean. With Lilly on a world with no humans, Thompson is gonna have his hands full with character design. I can’t even imagine how much time it might take to come up with all these alien species and not make them look to similar. Every wrinkle, crinkle, spot, etc. is worth looking at. Jackson and Thompson work well together is creating great scenes without huge splash pages, and letting creator and readers be imaginative with the world being established.
I have come to trust a lot of indie books for good stories, and Satellite Falling is no different. I can already see this becoming one of my fave IDW titles next to Jem and the Holograms of course. I had no idea what I was getting into when I was presented with this book. I had no idea what I was in for just looking at the cover. Now that I do know, I want everyone to know that this book is definitely worth a read.