Written by Michael Moreci
Art by Vic Malhotra
Colored by Jordan Boyd
Lettered by Ryan Ferrier
Designed by Tim Daniel
Cover Art by Vic Malhotra
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: 9/24/2014
When Image Comics’s September 2014 solicitations were released the unique cover art by Vic Malhotra for this issue really stood out. There’s a very clean design that draws the eye to it and pulls you in and causes curiosity. Who is the person in the suit? What is the tube on the back of the person? Is that outer space? Underwater? What are those equations? All of this curiosity cause just by the cover, so the actual issue itself should be an intense story, right? Right?
The some of the questions about the cover are answered pretty quick as the issue opens up, but there’s still the mystery of “why” and “who” and sometimes that’s all a story needs to pull readers in and intrigue them and brings them back for more, but writer Michael Moreci doesn’t settle for that easy way out. No. “Roche Limit” #1 is much more the cover art and the first few pages. There is a rich background to this series that Moreci barely scratches the surface as this issue expands it’s character base and adds in a woman search for her sister that is apparently missing. Adding to her a man who seems to be a drug dealer or at least the one that makes the drugs who has offered to help this woman’s search for her missing sister. Again, more questions of “why” come to mind, and the trappings of the issue start to snag readers.
Moreci does a really good job at adding characters and their stories without overwhelming the reader with too much story. Readers are dropped into a space colony that has been around for a while and has been declining and becoming more and more dangerous. Readers are teased with the reasons but never giving all of the pieces to the story. Moreci doesn’t spoon-feed his readers and it is such a nice experience to have to read a comic and think and even wait for the story to develop as new issues hit the stands.
The art by Vic Malhotra, colors by Jordan Boyd, and lettering by Ryan Ferrier is really nice from cover to cover. Malhotra has a strong handle of the character designs and has a great sense of movement with each character. Nothing is exaggerated, and the characters look and move in a very lifelike way. Boyd’s colors are sharp and pack a punch on each page. Each locale Moreci puts the characters in throughout the issue provides new opportunity for Malhotra and Boyd to develop and they both hit the mark each chance they get. Ferrier’s lettering is spot on through the entire issue. Malhotra creates some interesting panel layouts on some of the pages and Ferrier’s lettering layouts never miss a beat and feel as much a part of the page as the pencil, ink, and colors. Overall, the art team on “Roche Limit” set a strong bar that they’ll be shooting for each following issue and readers should be excited to see what they come up with next.
“Roche Limit” is a new sci-fi book that doesn’t hit readers over the head that it’s a sci-fi book. Much like last week’s “Copperhead” #1 from Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski and published at Image Comics, readers aren’t being told that this is a certain genre of story but given a strong story that just happens to take place on an alien world.
“Roche Limit” #1 is a strong first issue from Moreci, Malhotra, Boyd, and Ferrier and is another great new series launching at Image Comics.