Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Red Wing #2

Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Nick Pitarra

Now this is what I've been looking for.  The Red Wing has cool space ships that remind me of Battlestar Galactica, nice character development, interesting ideas and settings, and a twist that actually surprised me.  Once again, by working on a creator-owned book, Jonathan Hickman demonstrates why he's one of the best writers in comics.

Our two new recruits, Dom and Val, are working their up through the ranks of whatever the military organization they joined last issue is called.  They both have their own TAC fighters, although Dom kind of sucks at flying his.  The reason for this is that he is having a difficult time adjusting from a linear thinking style, that seriously hinders him in battles that flow through time as well as space.

We also get to see Dom's father, who was stranded somewhere in South America in the period before European exploration, as he interacts with a local chieftain of an Aztec tribe (I assume based on the images shown).

Matching Hickman's peerless writing is Pitarra's terrific art.  He's equally comfortable drawing ancient times as he is designing the futuristic look of the vehicles that the two forces fly.  I'm completely drawn into this comic; I just wish it was longer than four issues.

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