Book Title: Armorclads #1
Book Description: This story takes place in a distant world involving 2 classes of people, the military and the workers. Both of which wear heavy armor for their assigned station. The beginning of the story has a group of military personnel escorting a shipment of what is called Pure, which is a mineral mined from the planet Xeru, when they get attacked. As the attack happens we are suddenly introduced to the worker class as they begin to get ready for their day. When an accident happens and a member is lost at the decision of the military person put in charge of the working class group After the loss of their team member, the mining group guided by their solitary military escort come under attack by the local creatures of the planet, giant bug creatures. The single military officer is lost during the attack and the mining group make it back to the base, only to have the entire mining group be approached by heavier armed military personnel
Book Author: JJ O'Connor, Brian Buccellato
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: Valiant Entertainment LLC
Illustrator: Manual Garcia
- Interior Art(3.3)
- Cover Art(3.4)
This title caught my eye while I was looking through the books at my local comic book shop, simply by the cover alone. That being said I feel that this is how comics should start.
This story covers several genres. Everyone is in some kind of supportive metallic suit, the military personnel have suits better outfitted then the suits that the labor class use. The local species are giant bugs and they are mining the planet to support a planet system back home. The labor class are considered expendable and forced to spend their days gathering materials until they age out or are lost in an attack or accident.
The story itself I find to be a good story, the aforementioned references that I can see as I read the book, definitely highlight several meaningful things in the real world. Though I am not sure if the author intended that or not. But in the end you definitely find yourself as the reader slightly intrigued about what’s going to happen and where it will end.
The cover artwork is very eye-catching and shows a possible direction of the story, but having played games like Halo and Mechwarrior as well as watching cartoons like The Centurions, it definitely made me take a look and decide what it’s about.
The interior artwork is very well done and definitely makes the reader feel like they are in an alien world, with the way the armor looks and how the characters move and act on the alien world, this book also has a starship trooper vibe to it, without the campiness of that scifi genre. Which to be honest I felt is a good thing.
The military personnel are hinted to be the secondary bad guys in comparison to the wild life of the planet, and the armor seems to be a mix of Halo, Star Wars and Starship Troopers, which I find to be another wonderful reference. While the Mining group look to be wearing and wiedling construction based gear that fits what they do just as well.
Overall everything about this book is visually appealing, and has a story that is intriguing and thought provoking that makes the reader consider wanting more from that world!
This is definitely something that I am going to gather for the next book and see how it plays out!
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