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Review – Planet Caravan #1 (Scout Comics)

Planet Caravan #1
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  • Art - 10/10
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Summary

Story: Stefano Cardoselli and Andrea Amenta
Writer: Andrea Amenta
Artist/Colorist: Stefano Cardoselli
Letterer: Bram Meehan
Publisher: Scout Comics
Maturity Rating: All ages
Release Date: August 28th, 2019

Jason is the last of his vestige of a ravaged planet. Accompanied only by his sentient death-machine named “Love”, he fights for a way back home to his wife and for a brighter future for a planet ransacked by corporations seeking its resources.

 

Planet Caravan #1: Rose Blood Red

Planet Caravan #1 tells us that the world we once knew is gone. A sparsely-populated planet on the cusp of an unknown war is the canvas. Our protagonist is a lone survivor still consigned to a never-ending mission at hand. Depletion of resources is causing the world to implode in on itself. The planet is getting bled dry by corporations and militia from distant worlds. Jason and his companion “Love” are the last bastion standing in front of their goals.

“Love” is a sentient death machine. A mecha designed for extreme circumstances. Its purpose is crowd control. With the hope of seeing his wife once more, Jason and “Love” strive to put an end to a battle that is seemingly unwinnable.

Writing

Planet Caravan #1 (Scout Comics) cover by Stefano Cardoselli
Planet Caravan #1 (Scout Comics) cover by Stefano Cardoselli

To break down the flow of the writing, it is best to look at it like a song. There is a Black Sabbath song under the same name.

“Planet Caravan” by Black Sabbath is a slow jazz track that differs from the harshness of much of Black Sabbath’s work. The looseness of this concept is paramount in this first issue. Rhythmically, we are woven into a beautiful premise of a promised love to return home to. It is the hope in the center of uncertainty. A calm in the storm. We are introduced to the storm as the war that is raging for resources. The lyricism of the dialogue peaks just before we see the harshness. A distinct switch in gears occurs when going from romance to war. When we arrive in the scenes of war, the dialogue is practical and rigid, almost unemotive. This is a very raw take on a tough subject. Framing is vital and there are grounds to analyse each frame of this comic. 

Stefano Cardoselli and Andrea Amenta successfully invite a first-time reader with tiny snippets of character and the potential of disaster on the horizon. It is not enough to say, at this time, whether we will grow attached to Jason or “Love”, but we have early definition that is crucial to engagement for comic readers. This is a stellar first issue for this.

Art

From this initial glimpse, the tasty morsels of art we receive feel like a blessing in each panel. The minimalist style of the art is quite breathtaking to behold. It perfectly encapsulates a sensation of isolation and evokes a wider world that is yet unseen to us. The choppiness of certain designs adds to the grit of the story that is unfolding. Visually, the intent is not to look perfect. The intent is to show a haze of war. It is, betimes, vivid in the use of color. On other occasions, it is grimy and hollow.

These are complementary to what they are trying to accomplish. It is a credit to Stefano Cardoselli that the balance he has struck perfectly marries the art with the story. This is impressive work. As mentioned previously in regards to morsels, because of its minimalistic approach, there is a layer of mystery surrounding the elements of the world. It is a way of enticing you forward to keep looking. A clever tactic to employ, as it assuredly designed to wind you up in its scenery. We see a poetry in the idea that even in war, beauty can bloom. As far as the tone and execution, they have really outdone themselves in this category.

Overall

Sign me up for more! A swiftly-told story of love and war with the pacing of a Black Sabbath song. A perfect harmony of doing a concisely defined idea with a minimalistic approach. This does a lot in a very short space of time to entrance a casual reader. There is an argument for including more action in an initial issue. However, in this case, it is a nice incentive to move forward to the next. Planet Caravan #1 gets a big recommendation from me. Hopefully, it will gain further ground as the story progresses, and maintain the slow jazz-like rhythm that it proudly displays in each panel.


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