REVIEW: REXODUS #1
Written by James Farr
Pencils by Jon Sommariva
Inks by Serge Lapointe & Sean Parsons
Colors by Camilla Fortuna & Eric Lee
A few weeks ago, thanks to the creative team listed above, I managed to get my hands on a copy of REXODUS #1 from Steelehouse Productions. Based on the original concepts by Eric Lee and Paul Wizikowski, Rexodus is a fascinating and unique take on the Dinosaur saga.
Issue one starts off by taking us back to an age when the earth was ruled by dinosaurs or “Disaurians” as they call themselves in this story. This species is considerably more advanced that their tiny brains may have suggested, having learned how to manipulate and utilize lava as fuel, we see them preparing for Operation Rexodus, a quest that will take them across the universe in search of a new home, as they plan to leave the earth because of the threat known as the Black Blood. What happens next flashes us ahead almost 65 million years as we see two species meeting for the first time.
I was really impressed with this first issue. Farr wastes no time thrusting readers into this dangerous world full of action, emotion, and drama. Those of you who may have read the seven page preview will be pleased in how the rest of the story develops. We are introduced to Amber Dixon, a sixteen year old girl and daughter to the world’s leading paleontologist. Amber comes face to face with Kelvin, a young Disaurian who spent the last 64.9 million years in hibernation, and near the end of this issue, the two find themselves facing a dangerous threat that is unknown to humans, but painfully familiar to Kelvin.
Rexodus #1 is a well written and imaginative retelling of our prehistoric predecessors that also features a developing and promising dynamic between our two main protagonists (Amber and Kelvin). The book is beautifully drawn with sharp and defined illustrations from Jon Sommariva and the entire artistic team. The story shows tremendous potential with the makings of a successful ongoing all-ages series.
The creative teams journey of getting Rexodus published has been a lengthy, albeit gratifying one. I chatted with Paul Wizikowski who mentioned that there were two options that they pursued. Option one was to press forward down their own path in an effort to generate more funds for more content. Wizikowski stated, “We’ve written the next story and we have a synopsis for the story after that but we can’t self-sustain that progress. We need an audience to share it with and help pay for it. So this plan, option 1, calls for us to launch a Kickstarter campaign July 12th through which fans can “pre-order” the issues as rewards for donating to the campaign. We’ll use this effort to produce the next book. All four of the current issues would be able to be pre-ordered through this.”
The second option was ideally to collaborate with a major publisher. Wizikowski stated, “We really like one in particular and are excited at the thought of having a partner with the potential to produce Rexodus in a lot of directions, but this is a slow conversation. We’ve been at the table with various interested parties for a few years now and we’re simply not willing to sign our baby over to just anyone… We want a partner in this effort… not just a buyer. We think we’ve found that team and we’re walking it out one step at a time.”
With this conversation taking place a few weeks ago, I recently was informed by Wizikowski that they are working towards an agreement with a well-known publisher, and anticipates a signing along with an official announcement to be made before SDCC next week.
The first four issues of ‘REXODUS’ completes the pilot story arc, and the next four issues (second arc) has already been written. They even have a synopsis for a third story. “The world gets better and better with each development”, said Wizikowski.
Check out the seven page preview of the first issue below.
ADVANCE REVIEW: REXODUS #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)
Imaginative, full of action and emotion, great all-ages book.
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