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Comic Review: Kaptara #1 – “Space, why you gotta be like that?”

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Science fiction meets humor in the wonderful first issue of Chip Zdarsky’s and Kagan McLeod’s Kaptara #1 from Image Comics.

Kaptara #1

KAPTARA #1

WRITER: Chip Zdarsky
ARTIST: Kagan McLeod
COLORIST: Becka Kinzie
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE DATE: April 22, 2015
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With the tagline, “Space, why you gotta be like that?”, how could Kaptara #1 be anything but fun and funny science fiction? It really can’t, and this first issue, full of offbeat characters and colorful illustrations was super entertaining. This first issue follows a crew of astronauts on their way to Mars when they encounter an undocumented phenomena which forces them to steer their ship into the hole created by a group of asteroids. What they never expected was to be pulled through a portal to an alien world.

Kaptara focuses on Keith, a bioengineer, who doesn’t take anything seriously. He’s a bit of a troll and he made me laugh more than once. He’s easy to root for because he’s just a normal person; he’s not at all prepared when things start to go crazy, and half the issue is him screaming or running or freaking out. The cast of characters is really diverse, but I love that fact that they don’t make a big deal about it. Race or sexuality aren’t the focus of the story, and that’s really refreshing.

The artwork by Kagan McLeod is great. I had an issue or two (like hands being bigger than a face at one point), but not enough to take away from the wonderful illustrations of the inside of the ship (metal and cold) and the new planet they find themselves on (bright and bursting with vegetation). The characters’ body language adds a lot to the story, and it all works together to create an action-packed, interesting, and enjoyable issue.

Kaptara #1 is full of sharp, witty writing and (mostly) spot on illustrations. It’s a crazy first adventure of an issue and I’m looking forward to reading more.

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