Salvagers #1 + #2 (Hound Comics)

Salvagers #1 Salvagers #2
CREDIT: Hound Comics

Rating: 3.5/5 – A Solid Start to a New Series.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Adam Alamo.

In the distant future, planets throughout the galaxy are connected by trade routes that allow them to share and profit from natural and artificial resources. It is a time of big business, but also piracy. It is a time of relative peace, but there is still plenty of violence and warfare. Whenever conflicts leave damage and destruction in their wake, interested parties hire licensed crews to salvage abandoned starships and space stations. These crews are known as Salvagers. This is the story of one of these crews.

The premise of this story is interesting enough. In space, we’ve seen superheroes, aliens, Gods, and even the embodiment of the universe. But a specialized crew whose business it is to salvage abandoned starships adrift in space? Someone has to do the job! The crew appears to be pretty standard fare as teams go. You have the level-headed human leader, the techy female, the muscle, and the raunchy and comical alien. You can almost see the Guardians of the Galaxy here, if only the raunchy character were a raccoon instead of a little green alien. The opening issue doesn’t do much for character development, but instead sets up the narrative and promptly dives into the action. Writer Robert Salley has a good sense of pacing and I had no trouble getting into the book or understanding what was going on. That’s not always an easy thing to do when world building. It’s the second issue that I found to be the real gem, instead of continuing the action of the first issue, the narrative takes a step back to explore Brig, the little green alien. In doing so, it not only gives us a motive for the latest dangerous mission, but also fleshes out one of the characters. I think this was definitely a step in the right direction. Another gem here is the art by George Acevedo and colors by DeSiKa, which are really quite beautiful at times and do a lot to set the tone in the book. They can paint a gritty picture when needed, but also produce bright colors and clean lines.

Overall, Salvagers is off to a good start. There’s still a lot we don’t know about the characters and other than the opening narrative, we don’t have a sense of history yet in this universe. This can make it difficult to connect with the story and the characters. Still, the character piece on Brig was a good start and I’m hoping we continue to get more backstory intermingled with the main narrative. It would go a long way to help Salley world build what is sure to be an interesting story to come.  If you don’t see this comic at your local shop, you can also check out the Hound Comics web-site at: http://www.houndcomics.com/salvagers_comic.php

Reviewed by: Adam Alamo
(adam@comicspectrum.com
)
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