TARTARUS #1 from Image Comics is Fun, Gritty and Fast-Paced (Review)
Writer: Johnnie Christmas
Artist: Jack T. Cole
Without spoiling anything other than what the solicit says, Tartarus is the story of Tilde, a young woman who discovers that her mother was the biggest warlord on the planet Tartarus. She ends up being framed for some crimes against the empire.
Tartarus is a pretty cool bit of science fiction. Johnnie Christmas is the writer on this. I’m only familiar with him on art so this is a new experience. But that said, great dialogue and the extra page count with this helps establish the characters. I think Christmas did a good job on setting up the story of Tilde’s mother, Surka, who is just a world-class ass-kicker and her story at the beginning just reeks of awesomeness.
While the art isn’t my favorite style, I do think it is the perfect style to compliment a sci-fi story. Another appreciation of the art that I have is that just about all the panels have backgrounds and other things than just the person speaking in them. It’s clear to me that artist Jack T. Cole isn’t taking shortcuts with his work. I do think that this is a book that will appeal to many readers based on just the visuals. I’m not sure if Cole did the lettering or colors and I didn’t see anything credited in the copy for this review, but everything looks great.
Tartarus is a fun, gritty and fast-paced first issue and if you like that in your sci-fi, then this is the book for you. I do feel that with the extra page count that this first issue definitely is worth the money and sometimes, you need those extra pages just to get a really good first issue.