Script by Ivan Brandon
Full Colour Art by Nic Klein
Lettering by Clem Robins
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: 11/12/2014
Personal disaster is imminent for Abram Pollux.
Drifter #1 opens with his ship crash landing on an unknown planet. Pollux finds himself thrashing around in water with the ship’s guts wrapped around his throat. He makes it to shore and is immediately confronted by blue-skinned aliens. Using some scrap from his ship, he wounds one, who is taken away by another without reprisal. Instead, it’s another human who poses the danger.
Struck down by the stranger, Pollux wakes up strapped down in a dark room by less than friendly hosts, although they don’t keep him imprisoned for long. One of them is a medic who treated his wounds. Besides her, he Pollux encounters a strange babbling priest and discovers he is in a small derelict town in what is clearly the wild west of the planet. Drifter very much lives up to its title, as Pollux gets his bearings, including a visit to the local saloon before venturing out to find his crashed vessel.
Drifter is a promising addition to the current slate of science fiction-themed books on the shelves. While Ivan Brandon’s story is pretty basic in the debut issue, it’s clear there’s a plan in place and some thought that’s gone into the world building. The writing is sharp, including Pollux’s inner monologue, which establishes him as a sympathetic character that is rough around the edges.
The art by Nic Klein is stunning and is exactly what the book needs to tell the story. Dark in spots, bright in others, it’s gritty and beautiful at the same time. All of the characters are distinctly drawn and the varied use of panels from tight shots on faces to wide shots on landscapes really moves the simple story along.
Drifter #1 is one of the most promising debuts I’ve read in a while, and the twist at the end just adds to the anticipation for the next issue.