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Review: Astronaut Down #4


Review: Astronaut Down #4

Book Title: Astronaut Down #4

Book Description: A quantum mutation is threatening the very existence of humanity. In a Hail Mary attempt to find a cure four astronauts were sent to other dimensions in search of a cure. Three died on the launch. The fourth, Douglas Spitzer, overshot the intended dimension. The suicide mission actually works as Douglas gets the cure and returns. The reality he returns to isn’t the one he left. Douglas is viewed as the world’s savior on a planet that he has no emotional attachment to.

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Rating if the Book Were a Movie: R

Creative Team:
Writer: James Patrick
Artist: Rubine
Colors: Valentina Briski
Letters: Carlos Mangual
Cover: Rubine 
Editor:  Mike Marts
Publisher: Aftershock Comics 

Story: 4.4 Stars 
Artwork: 4.0 Stars 
Cover Artwork: 4.0 Stars 
Dialogue: 4.2 Stars 
Mechanics: 4.1 Stars 
Editing: 3.9 Stars

Reader’s Notes:
I liked how we’ve shifted from the political side of the plot and are focusing more on Douglas. With the range of emotional Hell that Douglas Spitzer has been through, I find myself wondering if James Patrick subconsciously hates him. Dan Slott didn’t put Peter Parker through this much this quickly To his credit Spitzer is just like Parker. He has the fortitude to keep moving forward. That’s commendable. I don’t know if I could do that.

Rubine’s cover is a perfect manifestation of the position Douglas is in. He has two choices. He can embrace this new life with his wife. In some ways she’s a complete stranger; but deep down she’s still the same person. The other option is to run the risk of being killed trying to return to his dimension.

“Astronaut Down” has been a coming out party for Rubine. From the cover of the first issue to the interior pages of this latest installment, it’s been terrific. It’s clear we can expect great things from him.

As a geek on a budget, I’m all in on“Astronaut Down”. This title continues to do nothing but impress as it pushes the boundaries of possibilities. I am very eager to see where the story takes us next!

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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