Kara O'Connor

Comic Review: Roche Limit #1

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A new sci-fi mystery from Image takes us to the outer reaches of the galaxy–and leaves us there–in Roche Limit.

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Roche Limit #1 cover via imagecomics.com

Roche Limit #1
Writer: Michael Moreci
Artist: Vic Malhotra
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: September 24, 2014

Like a complex story with hints noir? Try Roche Limit #1.

Set in the outer reaches of the universe, Roche Limit is a space colony created by billionaire Langford Skaargard. Fabricated with the intent of aiding cosmic exploration and an evolved humanity, the territory has now become infested with criminal miscreants, who use it for their most heinous desires. Roche Limit has now become the harsh reality of mankind rather than it’s hopeful future. Using the station as its main character, the writer, Michael Moreci, blends various arcs occurring at different times but eventually come together in one cohesive story. The first issue revolves around the mystery of a missing woman named Bekkah who appears to have worked on the station but was abducted during an assignment. Bekkah’s sister, Sonya Torin, maneuvers through the dismal colony asking questions of its inhabitants in the hopes of finding Bekkah–or at least discovering what happened to her. Sonya is later approached by a drug dealer named Alex Ford, who overheard her conversations and offers to help. While other women continue to go missing on Roche Limit, the weight of this decaying outpost begins to take shape while Alex and Sonya work together to solve the puzzle of Bekkah’s vanishing.

The initial issue spends so much of its time introducing readers to the world that is Roche Limit that is leaves much of Bekkah’s story to unanswered questions and even less time to answer them. Sonya’s job as a detective helps to set up her role and elaborate on the mystery-noir aspect of the story, but it doesn’t give her character any added personality (which is already sparse).  Additionally, Alex is your a-typical dealer with an obvious hidden agenda for helping to find the missing woman, but he doesn’t do much to make the reader care why. The art style of Vic Malhotra was too blurry at times, making it difficult to make out the activities on the panel. The lines and faces seemed to fog together the way the TV looks unfocused when I take off my glasses. I did, however, enjoy the rich red color palette used to accentuate the atmosphere of Roche Limit and could often times feel a real warmth emanating from the page.

The first issue of Roche Limit was a decent attempt to initiate a complicated arc that is surely set to follow. While I could use more compelling characters, I believe Roche Limit has the potential to journey into the realm of classic cult science fiction when all is said and done. Reach out and grab Roche Limit.

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