Sarah Eitelberg

Comic Review: Terra Formars Vol. 1

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With our natural resources circling the drain, the human race is one giant bug spray can away from a shiny new red planet in Terra Formars! Too bad the bugs have other plans.


Terra Formars Vol. 1
Story: Yu Sasuga
Art: Ken-ichi Tachibana
English Publisher: Viz Media
Release date: July 15, 2014

Curious about space bugs? Pre-order Terra Formars, Vol. 1 now!

The Earth is boned. Our years of burning fossil fuels and being a disgusting, wasteful, non-stop reproducing mass have caught up with us and in 2599 Earth has finally reached it’s limits. Humanity’s last hope lies in the completion of a project that was started back in the 20th century, a project to terraform the planet Mars. Earth’s great minds sent moss and cockroaches to cover the planet’s surface so it can absorb more sunlight thus releasing the frozen carbon dioxide in the soil. This would trigger the planet to warm it’s self up through the greenhouse effect, and through the magic of science makes Mars inhabitable for humans. The only problem, except for any of the science involved in this plan, is no one wants to live on a planet that is literally crawling with cockroaches. That’s where the crew of Bugs 2 come in! A handful of men and women from around the world, and somewhat questionable backgrounds, have volunteered to essentially become space pest control. They “volunteered” to do this for an extremely large sum of money. After undergoing experimental procedures on Earth and 39 days floating through in space, the exterminators arrive on Mars’ surface. Waiting for them is something no can of bug spray will kill, no matter how big it is.

This story is so crazy I had to read it twice to make sure I read it correctly. Surprising twists that literally made you gasp (not figuratively–I mean full on sudden inhale of breath from astonishment) and conspiracies a plenty, you’ll have a hard time putting this book down. Terra Formars has a fast-paced plot with a sudden changes in story line and overall theme, that hit you in the face just perfectly.

You don’t even see that violence coming! So take heed of the explicit content warning, Terra Formars is savagely graphic in every best possible way. Young ones haven’t been desensitized by violence or those faint of heart should pass on this space adventure. For the rest of us, bring on the decapitations! Check out the first volume of Terra Formars from Viz, out on July 15th and enjoy some graphic space bug (and human) squishing!

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