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REVIEW: Menagerie #1

Book Title: Menagerie #1

Book Description: Menagerie begins on another planet in the distant future. We see a military unit breach an enemy bunker on a rescue mission. A group of scientists is believed to be held there and their research is vital to the survival of mankind.

While the raid is taking place there’s a mutiny aboard the unit’s drop ship. The ship’s commander, Captain Pierce, is stabbed in the chest; but the blade didn’t hit any vital organs.

When we see the prisoners we get to learn that the project the scientists are working on has something to do with human reproduction. We also get some indications that the war is a galaxy wide civil war.

When the raiding party extracts the scientists we get an interesting surprise. One of the scientists is Captain Pierce’s daughter. She knows that the unit is taking her to his drop ship and is demanding to see him.

Book Author: Ramon Govea

Publisher - Orgnization: Second Sight Publishing

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Illustrator: Ramon Govea

  • Story
    (3)
  • Interior Art
    (3.8)
  • Cover Art
    (4.25)
  • Dialogue
    (2.75)
  • Mechanics
    (2.75)
  • Editing
    (3.25)
3.3

Summary

Menagerie is a title that didn’t show up on my radar until it hit the shelves at my local comic book store. The cover artwork jumped out at me and insisted that I take notice of it. I decided it was intriguing enough to go on a curiosity voyage and added it to my haul.

The story reminds me of a lot of the war in “Firefly”. The difference being instead of brown coats we have colonials. After one issue I’m still not certain which side the “bad guys” are on. That will come with time.

Like the first issue in a lot of new titles, it takes a bit for the reader to get their bearings. We have a lot of characters to sort through while trying to learn where the story is going. Smoother transitions between locations could help with this. Once the ball gets rolling the story has a good premise to it.

As I mentioned before, the artwork on the cover is top notch. The lines are very crisp, it’s very detailed, and the colorist did a phenomenal job. The same can be said for the artwork on the interior pages. It’s all grade A work.

As a geek on a budget I’m of the opinion that the artwork alone makes Menagerie worth the price of admission. I’m looking forward to getting to know some of the characters better as the series moves along.

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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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