Written by Micheal Moreci
Art by Vic Malhotra
Colors by Jordan Boyd
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: 2/25/2015
Welcome to the end of Roche Limit. There’s a ton going on in this book and it’s pretty difficult to believe that this entire story was fit into 5 issues. The Roche Limit Colony, home to thousands of humans, lies on a terrestrial dwarf planet about the size of India named Dispater, where the drug Recall is mined. Dispater is near a black hole like energy anomaly not far from the Andromeda Galaxy. And on the first page we plunge directly into that anomaly.
The oft-smoking, morally ambiguous, Recall formulator and human home to a proximity explosive, Alex Ford, dives into space to save his soulless (it’s not an insult or judgment, you’ll see) girlfriend Bekkah from drifting further into the anomaly after her tether to their ship snapped.
Dr. Watkins is a crippled scientist sent to study the effects the anomaly has on humans living in the Roche Limit Colony. Spoiler alert: the anomaly rots human souls, and if someone (Bekkah) gets close enough to it, the soul within that person is found in the mines of Dispater in a physical form (I told you there’s a ton going on in this book).
Back on the surface, Moscow, the crime leader of the underworld and “owner” of Alex’s heart bomb turned samurai sword wielding and probably (definitely) crazy, genocidal arm for the Black Sun (the Black Sun are “ghouls” that want to purify all the rotting souls from Dispater, like I said, a ton going on) is in possession of Bekkah’s soul and Alex is now on a mission to retrieve it so Bekkah and her sister can head back to Earth.
This book has that Blade Runner Neon-Noir visual feel to it and Jordan Boyd’s colors bring that to life with a subdued palette that strikes with bright bold colors every so often, while Vic Malhotra’s art reminds me of a messier version of David Aja, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The back-ups, in place of a letter’s column, serve as world-building, advertisements, magazine articles and the like. This is a great supplement to the series with so much crammed into 5 issues, for your money there’s very little you can find that packs this much punch into such a small package. A review isn’t going to do this story justice, if any of it peaks your interest do yourself a favor and grab these 5 issues or get the trade collection.