Sentient (Review) And The Children Shall Lead
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Gabriel Walta
Lettered by Steve Wands
Cover Art Gabriel Walta
Published by TKO Studios
It should come as no surprise that any series with Jeff Lemire’s name on it is nothing short of incredible. Jeff, as I’ve said before, is the gold standard of modern comic book writing. The one thing that always comes to mind is that line from the Gladiator “Are you not entertained?” Oh hell yeah! I’m sorry, but he could write the phone book and I’d buy it. Now on with our program.
This is an epic science fiction story as only Jeff could tell. Very reminiscent of a Heavy Metal Magazine space tale, in the first issue we get introduced to the U.S.S. Montgomery, its passengers and crew, and, more importantly, the ships A.I. Valerie. The premise of the story is that Earth is dying, and in preparation Earth has founded a New Earth colony light-years away. Phase 1 was building and setting up of this colony with essential personnel only. Phase 2 was sending skilled personnel and their families as a way to repopulating the new colony. However, separatists have been attacking Earth Gov and its people in hopes of attaining what they think is something better. They by attacking, murdering, and God knows what other methods. In issue one (available to read for free on TKO presents.com) that Isaac’s mother was not only a crew member of the U.S.S. Montgomery, but an undercover agent for the separatists. One fateful morning she overrides the ship’s A.I., gases the entire bridge crew, and then makes her way to the ship’s school and murders the school teacher in front of the children. Meanwhile on the bridge, in a last-ditch effort, Lil’s mother rewrites the ship’s A.I. so that Valerie can murder the separatists’ undercover agent. That was the last thing Lil’s mother ever did. Now every adult on board is dead.
This isn’t so much a story about the children, but instead Valerie who is now mother to all these human children. When this happened the ship was passing into a radiation belt and unable to contact Earth or the colony. All this and so much more happens in just the first issue (or in the first chapter, if you’ve been reading this in trade paperback format). This is just the set up, and now things really get interesting. You’ll have to read it for yourself though. Sentient is definitely worth your time and money so get your copy today!
Jeff Lemire wrote this incredible story. His name is all I have to say, but I’ll continue anyhow. Jeff is simply amazing. The last mini-series by Jeff I read (and yes, reviewed some of those issues) was great. There are not many people in the business that can create stories for so many different publishers at the same time. Jeff not only writes, he’s created entire universes. Dare I say Black Hammer? Jeff’s works are all the books that you can’t put down, and Sentient is no exception.
Gabriel Walta is an exceptional illustrator who tackled all the artist chores on this series. What an incredible undertaking! Unless you’re in this business you have no idea how much work this really entails. We’re talking thousands of hours easily per issue or chapter. As I said earlier, this series reminded me of an epic space tale from Heavy Metal Magazine that should be a “Nuff Said” statement. I will say that Gabriel visually appealing world made this seem real to me. The colors and tones knock this one out of the park!
Let’s talk TKO Studios. They cut out the middleman and let fans buy direct from the source. They let anyone “test drive” any series they publish. Just go to TKO presents.com to read any #1 issue to see if you like it before you buy it. There are 3 different ways to buy this series.
1) Collector’s box set which is an art box set of six oversized comics.
2) An oversized TPB for a few dollars less than the single issues.
3) Digitally and TKO is the first publisher to offer their digital comics at a much cheaper rate than single issues or TPB.
With all that being said they are the binge-reading comic publisher. Sentient is so good I want to sit down and read it again, but I’m only halfway through reading TKO’s Wave 2, so this will be displayed on my shelf until I get caught up on my work (like that ever happens). This great story comes complete and you’re going to love it! Please Like, Comment, Share, and as always Keep, it Geek!