Alan Smithee

Insurrection V3.6 #1 – Review

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With the sheer amount of BOOM! Studios works being dedicated to sentient machines that mimic humans, such as their two Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, I sometimes wonder if my favorite comic producing company might be trying to prepare us for something…

I’m serious, the company keeps finding ways to make me care for comics about replicants and lower-caste bio-mechanical clones. This too is true with the introductory issue of Insurrection V3.6, written by Blake Masters and Michael Alan Nelson, and featuring the art of Michael Penick.

The story begins in a not too distant future, approximately 1000 years from now on the planet Sparta where corporations are at constant battle with each other over resources that make the utopian life Earth enjoys possible.

Enter the opening battle of the book where we see soldiers of one of these corporations attempting to raid the facility of their competitors to have a hostile takeover in the truest sense of the phrase. It is here where we first learn of the struggle of auts (short for automatons) and the skins (normal humans who use the auts as slave labor and as lower-caste citizens).

In the standoff between the auts and the skins one specific aut by the name Tolem is killed and almost immediately, his replacement at the factory is brought online and is immediately different than the rest who came before him because he dares to ask “what’s my name?”, instead of being told his name.

STORY: 85%
ART: 80%

The book continues on for another 15 pages but I don’t want to spoil anything for you. As far as this being a first issue, I really enjoyed the stage that has been set for this series. The artwork is really well done, not too unlike the work being done on BOOM!’s other series Irredeemable. The only gripe I would say I have with the overall style and art for this book would be the dark blue to light blue back to dark blue gradients they use for the narration boxes. They managed to use a white text on a really light background that almost made them neigh impossible to read on my iPad.

I look forward to seeing what these guys can do for a second issue now that the stage has been set and many of the key characters have been fleshed out. I try to not be harsh on first issues because they’re essentially the ‘pilot’ episode in the comics world, so I do suggest to you all to pick this one up because I have a feeling we’re going to be in for some great storytelling as it continues.

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