When I First Looked Back At Earth – REMNANT One-Shot Review
After decades of pollution and climate have ravaged the Earth leaving it nearly uninhabitable, a young man joins an impossible mission: to terraform Mars. Three generations of his family face tragedies and triumphs as they attempt to build a new home for mankind. Remnant is a sweeping and timely epic told in a single issue, about the tragic collapse of one society, the difficult birth of another, and one family’s struggle to navigate both.
Before reading Remnant, I had never heard of Michael Roslen. Apparently, neither has Google. As far as I was able to tell, Roslen has a Twitter account, and this is his first foray into comic book writing. Having read Remnant, I guarantee I’ll be on the lookout for Roslen’s future works. This one-shot comic book was spectacular. Roslen has a great voice as an author and I look forward to reading whatever he writes next.
Generally, I tend to avoid stories set in space. However, I’m glad I took a chance on Remnant. The comic follows the history of the establishment of a human colony on Mars. Earth is dying and the planet’s last hope rests on a group of colonists. The settlers leave Earth, knowing they will never return, tasked with making Mars into a habitable new home world. The story follows the team’s chief biologist and a few generations of his family. Although the Sci-Fi themes remain at play throughout the entire book, it is the human drama that drives the story forward. The stakes may be astronomically high for the colonists, but it was the interactions between the characters, and not the resolution to the dire situation they find themselves in, that I found the most compelling aspect of Remnant’s story. I kept turning the pages not hoping to find out the fate of the Mars colony itself, but rather hoping to learn new details about the characters themselves.
The character driven plot and the dramatic storytelling are fully emphasized by the work of Remnant’s art team. Engracia truly captures the emotions of each scene in the character’s faces. Never before has the image of a tear falling from a character’s eye, combined with the comic’s powerful story, brought a tear to my own eye. She also does a great job making the main characters realistic enough that they look like they are related, and not just drawn similarly. The color palate is also unique, giving every scene an imagined quality. Comodo’s color choices provide a great contrast to Engracia’s detailed drawing. The best example of the art team’s synergy (and my favorite part of the book) was that throughout the course of the comic the reader is shown the progression of Earth’s devastation from the point of view of our planet’s orbit.
I can best sum up Remnant in three words: Buy. This. Comic! Add it to your pull as soon as possible. Then start counting the days until it releases on April 29.