ROGUE PLANET #1 Review – The Hardest Part…Is the Return to Earth
ROGUE PLANET #1
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Andy MacDonald
Letters by Nick Filardi
Published by Oni Press
Even though I had never heard of him beforehand, Cullen Bunn is actually one of the reasons I started buying and reading single issue comic books. Bunn wrote a mini-series for DC Comics called Green Lantern: The Lost Army. I happened to see that series advertised in a Facebook post. I’d always loved Green Lantern and had been wanting to get into comic books. So on the day the first issue came out, I paid a visit to my local comic book shop. After that I was hooked, and have been reading comics ever since. Bunn has a unique voice as a writer and has seen a surge in popularity over the last few years. During his career, Bunn has written for nearly every comic book publisher. This April he returns to Oni Press with Rogue Planet.
Bunn is a master at writing stories set in space. In Rogue Planet he gets the chance build his own alien world complete with its own geography, civilization, and mysteries. The story follows the crew of a salvage ship that has traveled to Lonely Orphan, a lone planet without a star or system. The crew has come to Lonely Orphan in search of an unknown but highly valuable payload. This first issue does a great job of setting the stage for rest of the series. Bunn introduces the planet and crew members while alluding to the greater threats the crew will face. Admittedly this comic doesn’t have the most original premise. Half way through reading, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I’d read/seen the story somewhere before. That being said, Bunn compensates for this with strong horror elements. The second half of the comic is filled with palpable tension which makes for a very exhilarating read.
Bunn’s script provides several challenges from an artistic perspective, but artist Andy MacDonald rises to the occasion. I really enjoyed the juxtaposition between the scenes set in the complex man-made salvage vessel and those set amid the desolation of the planet’s surface. The creative team also does a great job with character design. There are eight crew members, each with their own unique attributes including race, gender, and height. The crew all look like they could be actual people and not just characters in a comic book.
With Rogue Planet, Bunn plays to his strengths in the thrilling first issue of this Sci-Fi/Horror series. Three pages in, and the surprising opening scene had me hooked. Rogue Planet is the perfect blend of Science Fiction and Horror themes. Over the course of the series I’m looking forward to learning more about the crew, the challenges they’ve faced in the past, and the obstacles that await them on Lonely Orphan. Fans of Sci-Fi/Horror will want to check out Rogue Planet when it hits comic book stores on April 1st.
ROGUE PLANET #1 Review