ROCHE LIMIT VOL 1: ANOMALOUS

PrintE-mail Written by Dominic Cuthbert

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: ROCHE LIMIT VOL 1: ANOMALOUS / ARTIST: MICHAEL MORECI / ARTIST: VIC MALHOTRA / PUBLISHER: IMAGE COMICS / RELEASE DATE: APRIL 7TH

There’s some artist/writer combinations in comic books that seemed to have been written in the stars themselves, be it Jack Kirby and Stan Lee or Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. Roche Limit sees the perfect pairing of writer Michael Moreci and artist Vic Malhotra, and Volume 1: Anomalous marks the first in their masterful sci-fi noir series.

The narration is devastating, which charts the last recordings of Langford Skaargard, self-styled adventurer, eccentric and billionaire. After delivering on his promise to take humankind to the stars, his dream becomes a cruel reality. Roche Limit, a grubby colony floating on the edge of an enigmatic anomaly, is a cyberpunk microcosm of organised crime, drug trade and terrible secrets. Alex Ford, chemist-cum-drugs manufacturer, is the only one who knows how to produce the existential high-inducing recall, which enables users to relive moments in their life of pure joy and happiness. After Bekkah Hudson goes missing, Alex, her boyfriend, and sister Sonya go up against troubled figures of the colony’s deepest underground and onto a discovery of what our future’s worth.

Moreci’s writing reads like Douglas Adams and Ray Bradbury with all the self-assured intellect of Isaac Asimov and Phillip K. Dick. With the sharp dialogue recalling pulpy noir exchanges while avoiding genre pitfalls altogether. He carefully balances plots, beautifully woven together for a satisfying and resonating conclusion. Philosophical, theological and full of barbed diatribes and biting social commentary, Moreci’s writing has the perfect accompaniment in Malhotra’s art; sketchy, dark, foreboding and with a Frank Miller edge. There are some truly outstanding panels, where he demonstrates his space-scapes are second to none. Together they’ve created a fully realised world that is at once familiar and esoteric. At the end of each issue is supplementary material which ties directly into the narrative, be it a newspaper article or a magazine piece, each add a sense of effective realism.

Despite its grim look at the future, Roche Limit is no less beautiful, no less full of wonder and marvel. It’s a powerful metaphor for drug abuse, for sin and redemption and, of course, god. For a fix of cerebral, introspective sci-fi, it’s not cinema that’ll nourish you, it’s Moreci and Malhotra.
 

SHARE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW OR ON TWITTER @STARBURST_MAG

Find your local STARBURST stockist HERE, or buy direct from us HERE. For our digital edition (available to read on your iOS, Android, Amazon, Windows 8, Samsung and/or Huawei device - all for just £1.99), visit MAGZTER DIGITAL NEWSSTAND.

CLICK TO BUY!

MORE FROM AROUND THE WEB:



Suggested Articles:
The US presidential elections always throw up candidates who say they will blow the lid off the UFO
As you may well guess, Spies takes us into the dark and violent world of secret agents. Three brief
A while back, a Japanese group of artists took a cult short film, Call Girl - directed by Jill Gevar
It’s hard to believe that four decades have passed since the rock supergroup KISS made kisstory by
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Comic Book Reviews

SAUCER STATE 25 May 2017

SPIES #1 19 May 2017

EL GIGANTE - THE COMIC 03 May 2017

KISS: THE ELDER VOL 1 – A WORLD WITHOUT SUN 22 April 2017

SLAUGHTERHOUSE FARM IV 19 April 2017

JUDGE DREDD: CAPE AND COWL CRIMES 11 April 2017

INVINCIBLE 10 April 2017

ANGEL CATBIRD VOLUME 1 07 April 2017

LEVELS #1 29 March 2017

MANDY THE MONSTER HUNTER: THE FACE IN THE CURTAIN 29 March 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner