Truthful Reviews: Astropunk #1
Written by Manuel A. Carmona
Here we go with yet another installment of Truthful Reviews! This time we're reviewing Astropunk #1. Written by Robert Farinholt and Kenneth Centers. The story is based in Mars, centered around a female protagonist trying to solve a mystery/crime and she fights some cybernetically enhanced villains; a popular trope in science fiction. It has some cool action scenes, a cloaked villain and our lead character is looking for another female but we're not going to get all the details in the first issue of course.
Paul Gori handles the art chores on this book. The cover art looks great, I didn't enjoy the interiors as much as the cover though. I felt the artist didn't quite knew if he wanted to draw manga or "American" style, so he tried some sort of an amalgamation in the vein of Joe Madureira; but it didn't connect with me. Granted, the art isn't the worst I've ever seen but it wasn't enough for me to fully enjoy the experience. The colors, done by Paula Goulart; I feel elevated the art. On a positive note, this comic feels a lot like an Ultraverse comic book from the 90's; which is a plus in my book.
I don't mean to sound be rude but I won't be getting the following issues unless I find them in the discount bins. What can I say, not all of them are winners and this is just my opinion; other people might feel this is the best comic they're read. That's the beauty of comics!. I do feel that if you enjoy Aeon Flux, Barb Wire, Total Recall, Blade Runner or any of those 80's/90's sci-fi action movies there's a possibility you'll enjoy this book; it just isn't for me.
P.S. If you've read it I'd love to know what you think of it. Do you agree with me? Did you love the book? Let me know in the comments.
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