Written by Raffaele Ienco
Art and Letters by Raffaele Ienco
Published by Image Comics/Top Cow Productions
Release Date: 7/27/2016
I love reading new comics from any publisher, but when Image Comics releases a new title, I get especially excited. Image has set the standard with an amazing run over the last five years or so (probably much longer than that) with their dedication and commitment of simply allowing creators to create. Another fine example comes out this week with MECHANISM #1 from creator Raffaele Ienco.
Ienco who hat tricks this series by taking writing, illustrating, and lettering duties is perhaps best known for his artwork on Fantastic Four and Symmetry. The series was slated to be published by Heavy Metal last year, but was unfortunately pulled last-minute. Those who have been eagerly waiting will finally have their chance to get their hands on the book, thanks to Top Cow and Image.
We immediately see in this issue the creatures referred to as the Geckos, an alien race that has invaded and forced the existing world to adapt by constructing MECHS, an automated mechanized protector designed to protect the people from this alien threat. One of the prototypes (in Observe only mode) has been assigned for training to Minelli and Gibbons as they set out on patrol. The partners seem to argue a lot and the status of their friendship seems to be in question, but most of it appears to be the fault of Gibbons who is disenchanted by military politics. This new breed of MECHS was designed by Tom Burg, who seems reluctant to release the prototype, stressing that he needs more time. His hands are tied as the powers that be make certain that the new MECH is released.
Another character we meet and perhaps the most intriguing is retired Sergeant Horus Banks of the 102nd Heavy Mechanized Army. Along with his dog Pepper, Banks seems to be risking his life on a consistent basis just to survive and provide for him and his family. He is also dealing with an incident that occurred in the past (we see in a flashback) that he is obviously still struggling with. The story closes out with a tragic occurrence that will undoubtedly impact all of the central characters we met here, and just might bring Banks out of retirement.
Ienco is all over the place in this first issue, but he sort of has to be. There isn’t a whole lot of background or history to this world we are introduced to, but we get just enough to keep us on track with the characters and story so far, which I thought was fantastic. The artwork was magnificent and incredibly dark, which was perfect for this sort of war ravished world we get here. Overall the series is off to a great start and should be added to your pull list immediately.
REVIEW: MECHANISM #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)