Rating: 4.5/5 – Investigating a Murder and His Ex-Wife in Space.
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
In the back of the first issue of Hadrian’s Wall, writer Kyle Higgins discusses where the “emotional core” of the story came from, and that’s a bad breakup. Not just the breakup itself, but all of the emotional ties that go with it, whether it be anger, sadness or even longing, and then adding the fact that you could actually just be a phone call away from that person who causes so much emotional turmoil. Higgins and the creative team behind C.O.W.L. take that inspiration into an all new science fiction series from Image, and they’re off to a great start.
The synopsis page gives you enough to understand the world we’re in, and shortly after that we meet the main character Simon Moore. Simon is an investigator hired to look into the death of an astronaut aboard a huge spaceship called the Hadrian’s Wall. The job pays well, but there’s plenty of emotional baggage, including the fact that his ex-wife could be a suspect. Writers Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel are able to not only get into the challenged relationship Simon and his ex have, but also provide enough mystery and tension with the other supporting cast to keep me interested from the first page until the very end.
The art by Rod Reis is beautiful, and much brighter than his work on C.O.W.L. There’s definitely a sci-fi feel to the work with plenty of green and white glows, and when he goes into the darks, it’s never dark enough to muddy the visuals. His cover is also a brilliant interpretation of what occurs on the inside pages, and that will always gain extra points with me!
There seems to be plenty of story waiting to be told with Hadrian’s Wall based not only on the larger world that’s being set up, but also within the small confrontations between Simon and his ex. This is a wonderful first issue from a proven team of creators and the second issue will move to the top of my stack next month!
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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