Every Scarecrow Has A Secret Ambition To Terrorize – ROGUE PLANET #2 Review
Rogue Planet #2 – Scarecrows
Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Andy MacDonald
Colored by Nick Filardi
Lettered by Crank!
Published by Oni Press
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Cullen Bunn’s Science-Fiction/Horror story continues in Rogue Planet #2. In the first issue, a salvage crew in search of a high value payload landed on Lonely Orphan, a small planet that sits alone in space. The recovery team ventured across the planet’s surface in search of the payload, only to find unexplainable horrors. This second issue picks up where the first issue left off, with the recovery team reeling after the brutal killing of one of their crewmates. Faced with strange, but seemingly innocuous figures, the salvage team is at a loss for how to proceed. The crew desperately needs to secure the payload to pay off debts and ensure their continued operations. Yet they’re all shaken and question whether continuing forward is the best option.
This sense of dread is so prevalent throughout the issue that it practically seeps from the page. Bunn examines fear and its causes through conversations held between the crew members who stayed aboard the salvage ship. This issue really upped the scare factor. There’s a chilling scene that opens with what, in film, would be called a jump scare. The dread obvious to the reader at the beginning of the issue quickly transforms into palpable terror.
The art team further adds to the sinister air of this chapter of the story. The humans are drawn believably realistic while the ship and surface of the planet have an appropriately otherworldly look to them. MacDonald does a great job of conveying emotion in the faces of the characters. Filardi’s color work is subdued but distinct. These color choices visually add to the threats the crew are facing. The reader can tell just by noticing the differences in color that certain things within the comic’s setting are unnatural or not as they seem. This adds to the sense of foreboding present throughout the story.
I still think the plot of Rogue Planet isn’t the most original premise Bunn has ever written. Yet as a fan of horror and an appreciator of Sci-Fi, I do have to say that he’s hitting all the right notes in this series. Cool technology, horror elements, and alien phenomenon are all woven together to honor both genres. The artwork, especially the color palette, adds to the cohesion of these genres as well as the themes explored within the story. Issue #3 of Rogue Planet is due out on July 29th. Pick up the first two issues today from Source Point Press or your local comic shop so you’re ready for whatever horrors the salvage crew will face next.