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REVIEW: Arks Issue 1


REVIEW: Arks Issue 1

Book Title: Arks Issue One

Book Description: Arks is the terrifying and amazing story of Lilith and Joseph- two planetary engineers (Arks), who are booted by bacteria onto a terraformed world orbiting a distant star. To their horror they discover that the process may have accidentally turned the entire planet into a bomb. As the last surviving humans they have a terrible decision to make. Do they try to survive in this brutal and cruel world or do they do the unthinkable and euthanize the species?

Book Author: R.J. Collins

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Clicky Sprout Wife

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Illustrator: R.J. Collins

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  • Interior Art
  • Cover Art
  • Dialogue
  • Mechanics
  • Editing


As a sci-fi nerd, the cover art of ARKS Issue One immediately drew me in. Collins writes a very unique and intriguing story. The concepts and science he grounds the concept in are perfect. The beginning of issue one was… disorienting. But as I progressed through the book and read the ending, I realized that was exactly how Collins wanted the reader to feel. As Joseph and Lilith are booted into this new planet, they are disoriented and wild, the reading experience reflects what the characters are going through.

Issue one is a solid opening and has me highly anticipating issue two. I’m invested in these characters and their survival. In a stranger way I’m also rooting for the planet as a whole.

Collins not only wrote the story, but he also produced the art. I’m interested to learn how Collins produced the art as 3D modelers are also credited. The art, for the most part, is done very well, but a couple times Lilith bordered on the uncanny valley.

The Ark series will be six issues.

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Brett has been collecting comics for close to 30 years and is passionate about showcasing the amazing stories in Indie Comics and growing the indie community. A marketing and communications professional with a Masters of Nonprofit Management, he founded The Indie Comix Dispatch in 2020. Brett is also a member of the National Writers Union.

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