Written by Becky Cloonan
Illustrated by Andy Belanger
Colored by Lee Loughridge
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: 3/11/2015
Announced during last July’s Image Expo at San Diego Comic Con, Southern Cross is another exciting series coming out of Image Comics that readers have been waiting the better part of eight months to read.
Written by Eisner Award winner Becky Cloonan (Demeter, writer of Gotham Academy, artist of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoy, Batman) Southern Cross feels like a Western/Space Opera with hints of Science Fiction. The book follows the story of Alex Braith, an anti-social outcast with a somewhat troubled history, leaving Earth behind to board Zemi Corporation’s Southern Cross Tanker 73, on its way to Saturn’s fuel-rich moon, Titan, to collect her sister Amber’s remains and find out exactly what happened to her. Alex has to deal with creepiness around every corner of the ship it seems, and even worse, an unexpected roommate, that may be even more of a problem than inconvenience. While exploring the ship, Alex runs into the Captain who invites her to view the guts of the ship that contains a Flux Capacitor-esque engine, the gravity drive that was installed right before the trip, and which may have something interesting hiding within it.
I’ve stated before that beyond writers and artists, the comic community is spoiled with colorists right now and Lee Loughridge (Deadly Class, Fables) is no exception. His recent work on a number of titles and working with a wide-range of artists shows how talented he is, and Andy Belanger’s (Kill Shakespeare, Swamp Thing) depiction of the “spaceport” and tanker are brilliantly claustrophobic and add to the story’s anxious tone.
This is certainly a “first issue” and Southern Cross is definitely a genre book, and not without the tropes and clichés that come with that, but followers of weird science tales should embrace that because Southern Cross has all the pieces in place to become a fan-favorite.