Exit Generation #1 Cover by Ramon Villalobos
This week sees the release of a brand new title from ComixTribe, Exit Generation! From the creative minds of writer Sam Read and artist Caio Oliveira, this novel series takes readers into the future, to a world that survives its own destruction only to face a bold, new challenge. Exit Generation #1 will be available on September 23 of this year (with a cover by our friend Ramon Villalobos), but we got an early look thanks to Sam and couldn't wait to share our thoughts!
Exit Generation #1 (ComixTribe)-
(W) Sam Read (A) Caio Oliveira (CA) Ramon Villalobos, Joe Mulvey
It's 2055. Ninety percent of the world's population have abandoned a resource-depleted Earth in search of a better home in the cosmos. Those left behind find themselves in an unexpected paradise - and Jack is bored out of his mind. He dreams of action inspired by 80's movies and punk rock. But when a legion of carnivorous aliens arrive, Jack learns you should be careful what you wish for! Featuring covers by Ramon Villalobos (E is for Extinction) and connecting variants by Joe Mulvey (SCAM), Exit Generation is a breakneck sci-fi adventure!
The issue wastes no time taking off. Within the first five pages the tables is set and the future is laid out. It's quite an interesting concept that I don't think I've ever seen before: What if the world is meant to end, things happen to accommodate the catastrophe, but the end never comes? What next? That's the world that Exit Generation lives in. I don't want to give away too much, but the title is very telling.
Exit Generation #1 Variant Cover by Joe Mulvey
Lead character (thus far) Jack is from a broken life. Having lost his parents due to the aforementioned events (though I am certain there's far more to this story than has yet been revealed), he finds himself lost and lonely during an important chapter of his life. Jack is handled very well. Born of tragedy, adopted by a family of another race, longing to play his music to anyone that will listen, and enamored by a world that no longer exists, you can really feel his sadness and desires. Oliveira shows emotion quite well through his art, taking you on all the ups and downs that our leads go through. Speaking of the art, it's an interesting cross of a number of European influences (from what I can tell). It fits nicely in the Image or Vertigo world, taking a less-beaten path. I'm excited to see this world grow and get fleshed out.
However, at times, that same art got a little bit rough. losing something when attempting to take on more unique angles. There were also points where it seemed the artist struggled with the larger establishing shots of this new universe. But these are generally things an artist work out over time, and I'm sure we're going to be seeing more from Oliveira down the road. The dialogue was also a bit too "on-the-nose" in certain segments. In my head, this opening issue is split into two chapters: Pre- and post-catastrophe, which lends itself to some heavy narrative. But when the secondary, new threat appears, the way the transgressors speaks adds a bit of caricature to the story that was not there before, and in some ways reduces the threat. That said, these small quibbles did not detract from my over-all enjoyment of the story.
Exit Generation Pinup by Ruairi Coleman
So, basically, you should really check out this issue. It's a fresh concept with an interesting Sci-Fi take and some solid art and storytelling. ComixTribe is a small publisher, but they put out quality work, and Exit Generation #1 is no different. In today's market, launching a new series is no easy feat, but the creative team of Read, Oliveira, (colorist) Ruth Redmond, Villalobos, Mulvey, et al have really struck something special here and I'm definitely along for the ride!
Exit Generation #1 will be in store on September 23, 2015 from ComixTribe.
Readers! Make sure you grab a copy of Exit Generation #1 & share your thoughts below!
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