Satellite Falling #2 Review
Writer: Steve Horton
Art: Stephen Thompson
Cover: Stephen Thompson, Weshoyot Alvitre (subscription variant), John Bivens (retailer incentive variant)
Everything is a lie! Well, yea, its fiction, but still. Things have taken a very shocking turn in this issue. With the shutting down of the drug operation and potential betrayal, what is a bounty hunter to do?
Alright. Its time to really get emotionally invested into this series. Lilly has to deal with way more than she signed up for and I don’t think she’s ready. The drug operation can take a turn in any way, and many lives are at risk. It could be a total success with lives at risk. If that’s not enough, we learn that this whole operation is bigger than we thought. Meaning Lilly and her cop buddies have only scratched the surface of what’s really going on. Though, they may have a lead that could devastate our beloved protagonist. Who doesn’t live for that?
This gritty comic has no problem giving us some positive things to look forward to. That is one of the many things that is good about it. Gritty and lovable is how I would describe Satellite Falling. I know it sounds weird, but it is what it is. While we have a main character and a big supporting character, they are strong enough to carry the book on their own. Even though this story is great at moving forward, a tiny bit of backstory couldn’t hurt at all. Doesn’t even have to be full on panels. Could be just a few text blocks describing past experiences or something. If not, it wouldn’t change the story or the characters one bit.
I like how Steve Horton hit us with a twist so fast. No story dragging here. I, like many readers, love surprises. Especially when they test the main character, and are we definitely about to get a test in the next few issues. You ever read a story that was surface level for a while and had no real depth? I know I have. This is not one of those stories. Horton is able to move along with the plot with very few hints from the past. I really hate characters and stories that stay stuck in the past. Yes, this story deal’s with Lilly’s past, but its not too much. I have noticed a lack of text boxes that show what our character is thinking. Really plays well with the fast pace of this issue. Some books show what a character is thinking while action is happening, and that can kinda throw it off.
It looks like Stephen Thompson loves the thrill of the chase. Yes, there is a car chase. I mean, come on. What better way to seal the deal after aliens, holograms, and futuristic settings? Not only does Thompson nail character design, he has a way with vehicles and technology. None of these air crafts look the same, and I appreciate that Thompson took an extra step to not make them look bland. Speed lines are everywhere in some of these panels, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. How else would we determine moving at incredible speeds. Thompson really kills it with the perspective. Bird’s eye view, worm’s eye view, you name it. He has it covered. I love that kind of detail where there isn’t a flat, boring straight on perspective in every shot. Want to know what really completes this sci-fi look? It’s Lisa Jackson’s colors. None of that bland chrome and white on everything, but instead Jackson gives us bright blues, yellows, greens, oranges, and a whole array of colors. It really boosts the overall look and feel of the pages.
There is gonna be a bumpy ride ahead, so fasten your seat-belts and get your feels in check if your’re an emotion sap like me. Satellite Falling has me eagerly waiting for the storm that’s coming.