Feb 11 2014
by Ra’Chaun Rogers
Writer: Tony Kittrel
Art: Fritz Aldrin Casas, Dody Eka, Charles Penero
In the older days of comic books, extinction level events were something to be excited about. Your Crisis or War was something fans cherished like nothing else, that is until Marvel decided to make every month a special event and D.C. tied everything to Batman somehow. Well in the world of indie comics a few have attempted to rekindle the fire of yesteryear and make large scale events, but none so large or ambitious as the Omniverseal event Cosmos published by Advent Comics
The story starts off with a world being utterly obliterated by an unknown warrior who has felled the planets last hero, from that we are transitioned into a universal war. A number of players are introduced to the back drop of dying planets and universes. We meet the aptly named “Regent” a cosmic despot, the benevolent Celestina , who leads a spiritual enclave called Sanctuary against Regent, and Rann Darklight leader of a ragtag group of freedom fighters.
There is a lot going on here, a whole lot. There are a few tie in books which help better illustrate the scope and scale of the project. The upside to this is that you can see and feel the building of a comic book universe that isn’t earth-centric and has a lot of future potential, it’s not even funny. Even with the large amount of characters portrayed, there was very little characterization needed because the archetypes are so familiar. The down side is you’re forced to buy tie in issues, the story can also be both confusing and overwhelming at times. There are various artists on this project so at times the illustrations feel modern and fresh and others feel a bit dated. A lot of the pencils inks and colors remind me of 90’s D.C. work so if you’re a fan of that this will be right up your alley. As the first attempt at a large scale story featuring many independent characters and an omniversal event I’m anxious to see how this will shape up.
Cosmos # 1 gets 8 out of 10 Bigbluebullfrog Leaps!
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