Lightstep #1 Review
Script: Miloš Slavković & Mirko Topalski
Art, Colour & Cover Art: Miloš Slavković
Cover Colour: Dave Stewart
Lettering: Andrej Bunjac
Published by Dark Horse Comics
A new tale of fantastic alien-worlds, Lightstep is a sci-fi fantasy series chronicling a civilisation living at the speed of light. A single day passes on their world, while an entire life goes by on another. They live adhering to the laws and rules of a holy scripture, based on lies created by their rulers ancestor, The Primoogenitor. The main story follows a young woman called “January Lee”, who sees the truth behind it all whilst performing a holy ritual where she must kill her brother, and sacrifice herself. She refuses to follow suit, as she receives visions of her ancestors lies, and is banished from her home planet for her knowledge. Meanwhile, rebels and Rogues are hunting across the stars and planets, for a valuable weapon secreted in a radio-transmission on Earth, light years away, and now January’s fate may just coincide with theirs.
Lightstep intrigued me greatly, going in. The concept really seems a fresh take on classic sci-fi stories of rebels, rising against holy dictators and fanatics to claim the freedom of world, ruled by the wealthy with an iron fist. Unfortunately, the first issue moves a little slow, at times. Whilst these interesting concepts run throughout, almost all the story is directly narrated solely by the lead character, January Lee, meaning we lack explanations to seemingly important factors, such as how the time differences work (a brief eluding to a theory of Einstein’s being the only thing to nod at the workings of the system the story even takes its name from), and results in us never relating to, or feeling any empathy for any other character that appears in the story. It occasionally leaves the story feeling somewhat slow and flat, even at times of action and surprise but, as the story moves on, it does definitely pick up in interest and keeps readers wanting for more.
The artwork throughout, by Miloš Slavkovic, does an incredible job at transporting you to this advanced, alien world. It’s very clean, almost clinical, and details of wonderful costumes and machines pop right from the pages, with brilliant brightness that often feels like actual light, emanating out of the panels. The images do sometimes lack from having very little shading, and this can result in the characters looking quite statuesque. It works for most of the story, but leaves moments of action feeling awkward and sometimes difficult to follow. It often meant I would spend more time going over each panel, to get a real feeling of how the action was playing out. It can be argued this isn’t a bad thing, but I just felt it wasn’t the best artwork I’d seen in this style.
Overall, whilst I wasn’t completely blown-away by the first issue, it was very enjoyable. It had a freshness to it that felt like it will carry many relevant metaphors for its readers, and will leave people thinking about more than just the moments captured, often beautifully, within the panels. Its definitely one to pick up for fans of science fiction, and really does have me very much looking forward to the next issue, and finding out just how events play out for January Lee, and the rebels, as they hunt for the freedom of those ruled by the Lightstepped.
A brand new fantasy/sci-fi comic from Dark Horse Comics that has a freshness to it that carries metaphors. Here’s our review for Lightstep #1.
Summary Interesting Sci-Fi with some beautiful imagery.