Written and Lettered by Ed Brisson
Illustrated by Damian Couceiro
Colors by Michael Garland
Published by BOOM! Studios
Release Date: 02/04/2015
I couldn’t let the week pass without sharing my thoughts on CLUSTER, Ed Brisson’s new action sci-fi series from BOOM! Studios. In this future Earth, the human race has begun colonizing distant planets. Only problem is they are not the only species that occupies these new areas. An alien race known as the Pagurani seems prepared to do whatever it takes to drive the humans out of Midlothian, a new planet that mankind seems equally driven to fight for. Frustrated and desperate because of this alien threat, the Global Outreach Enterprise’s Military Inmate Deployment is formed; giving those incarcerated the chance to serve (for fifteen years) in exchange for an early release. The reality of war and a corrupt legal system results in false and unjust incarcerations, and sees innocents sacrificing their lives for someone else’s agenda.
I love the way this first issue flows. From the first panel sequence, it is apparent that Samara Simmons is a broken woman, or at least suffering and or haunted by past events. Brisson (Sheltered, Sons of Anarchy) and Couceiro (Planet of the Apes) quickly jump from that opening flashback scene to our prisoners arriving on their new home (suffering from nausea after two years of cryosleep), and then to training day. I’ll stop there for spoiler reasons, but there is so much more.
Not only do we get the action we are promised, but Brisson throws in some effective character development, especially with our protagonist Simmons. Her personal story has the potential to bring so much more to this series, given her family history. The style that Coucerio brings with his illustrations is fantastic, and seems to be a perfect fit. Having collaborated with Brisson before, the duo seems to have the creative process down. Garland really made the art stand out for me, as his colors impressively shined. My only complaint with this first issue is why the heck did they make me slant my head on that second page?
Cluster #1 delivered in a huge way this week and will not leave readers disappointed. As I mentioned earlier, it makes good on its promise of action and ends with a nice little cliffhanger that will draw back readers next month. BOOM! Studios continues to not only draw, but deliver amazing creator-owned projects month after month. Add this to your pull list immediately!
REVIEW: CLUSTER #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)