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Kickstarter Review: Future Favors the Bold
Fully funded with a few days to go on Kickstarter
A dark satire about psycho-killers in outer space!
Already funded and still with time to get on board, I had a chance to look at the new graphic novel Future Favors The Bold.
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The future is a warm welcoming hug. No greed. No poverty. No violence. But that all changes when a 400 year-old prison planet is discovered, unleashing psychopathic mastermind, Waldo Heston and the most dangerous weapon upon the galaxy: uncivilized thought.
Rob Norman – Writer (CBC Podcasts, Personal Best), CJ Camba – Art (RW: Rodolfo Walsh, Graphic Novel), Natalia Nesterenko - Color (Marvel, BOOM Studiosl), Fabi Marques – Colos (BOOM's Power Rangers Unlimited), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou – Letters (Eisner Winner, Vault Comics), Rob Jones – Letters (Humanoids, Heavy Metal), Ty Templeton - Cover Art (Eisner Winner, New Adventures of Batman), Charlie Gillespie - Cover Art (Judge Dredd, Wizards of the Coast) & Jason Paulos, Reno Maniquis, Riccardo Faccini - Additional Pages (Various)
I have to confess, I was extremely interested in this when I saw the description above. It seemed like the concept took some aspects from Star Trek's world and added a sprinkling of Judge Dredd. It was a crazy combination, and of the half that I read, I was thoroughly entertained and left wanting to read more.
The concept of a utopian alliance of planets is not new, but this comic has a lot of fun with it. Some are repressing their basic urges or coming from a long line of cannibals. There are empathy stabilizers that stop people from wanting to act out their base violence, and this deals with that in a fun manner.
Then, there is the mystery planet itself. With a planet full of criminals, there is something a little off about it all. I can imagine that on the surface, things like benign, and there is always that little bit of hoping for the best, but things aren’t like that!
This story starts with an excellent round-up of the situation, building up the suspense of everything that is going to go wrong - and it does this well. There is some very well-planned chaos, both within the comic and by the team behind it. There are some interesting uses of powers, and I like the way that the alien species and their ways are all plotted out - the bible for this would be interesting to read.
There is some decent action through, with just the right amount of violence that you would expect from something like this - again, it works well in the context of the story being told, and there are also some good comedic elements.
Don’t get too attached to some characters, though.
I got into the story and the characters being used - good and evil - with some clever moments for them all and some interesting perspectives on some. This helps with the build-up within the story and makes it a proper page-turner.
I enjoyed the art, and there are some very special scenes. We get aspects on different planets, spaceships, underground and even in space - it all works out well. There are some clever special effects, and the characters and their artwork go well with the story.
I need to back this to finish it off!
This is an interesting take on future governments, politics, and even today and also a fun science fiction read.