REVIEW: Gyro Universe
Book Title: Gyro Universe
Book Description: “Gyro Universe: On the Frontier of Alien Apocalypse” is a two issue collection that begins on Earth. The President of the United States is warning people about an impending meteor shower. While most of the world prepares for the impact of the meteors, the conspiracy theorists are saying it’s an alien invasion. “Why would the president be on the news to give a weather forecast?!” As it so happens, the conspiracy theorists aren’t wrong. On the moon system of the planet Vonnedors there is an alien prison. The government has announced that the prisoners will be released to repopulate their former planet, Gyro (Earth). One inmate, a political prisoner named Roton, sees the release for what it is: an invading army in case Gyro ends up being populated. As the invasion begins we see the best and worst of humanity. There’s looting and a willingness to throw other people into danger. Even worse, we see people become the source of danger. We also get to see people willing to risk their own lives to save a complete stranger. We also see store owners that understand the need to raid their shelves. They kindly leave a note saying, “Take what you need; but leave something for the next guy”. Who will win in this alien apocalypse? Only time will tell. Both species have a legitimate claim to the planet. The only question left is which one wants it more? In the third installment we shift gears and we see a much younger Roton. He’s on Saivon, a neighboring planet of Vonnedor. We see how the Reich rises to power through manipulation and betrayal of the leadership of the planets in Vonnedor’s system. We see Roton of the royal family become an outcast and fugitive in the eyes of the Reich. Having been betrayed by his own flesh and blood, Roton must now seek help from a dangerous ally.
Book Author: Alec Sorbello
Book Format: Paperback
Illustrator: Thomas Muzzell, Emma Porter, and Ryan Tavarez
- Interior Art(3.4)
- Cover Art(3.8)
I loved how Mr. Sorbello found a way to put a twist in this story. Traditionally we see the best and worst of humanity uniting to fight a common enemy. In this series we see the best and worst of two completely different species on opposite sides with the same goal. Seeing the perspectives of so many characters from both sides is very unique.
I enjoyed how we diverted our focus from what is transpiring on Gyro to the Vonnedor system. It helped give the reader a sense of how ruthless the Reich truly is. We knew the Reich had no qualms using their prisoners as cannon fodder in a war. The fact that they’re willing to put one family member against another is an entirely different low.
I like how this cover was done. It’s rich with symbolism. The fate of the world is in our hands in this story. Having it done in a manner that makes it appear to have the stars create the body that is attached to those hands is a nice touch.
I liked how powerful the interior artwork was in all three issues. On both Saivon and Gyro it pulls the reader in and makes them feel a sense of urgency. I particularly liked the panels with Roton imprisoned.
As a geek on a budget I’m of the opinion that this series is well worth the price of admission. We get compelling characters, a coup d’etat, and a battle for control of our planet! I’m very curious to see where this story will take us next!