Rocket Salvage #1

8 Overall Score
Art: 8/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Story: 8/10

Colorful!

This issue feels a little like a whole lotta nothing happened.

Rocket Salvage #1
(W)Yehudi Mercado, (A)Bachan
BOOM! Studios/Archaia
2014

Rocket Salvage feels a bit like an updated take on Speed Racer, and that’s not a bad thing. I like that each racer has a known special ability, almost like they were meant for a video game, and the world they live and race in is cool looking as can be. The story is a little all over the place right now, but it manages to pull you in despite that.

This is exactly the kind of art I think should be in a comic. Bright, colorful, stylized, things we can never know in the real world. Futuristic cityscapes, hover cars, cool looking aliens, and crazy haircuts. I wouldn’t call it cartoony, but I appreciate how far from reality it is. That gives it a feel all its own, and really makes reading THIS comic different from reading others. That’s just what I look for in a book, identity.

The writing fits the art just fine. Sure, there is some abject silliness in it, but that comes in short bursts and just adds a bit of humor. I’m not overly fond of it, but it’s gone in a flash, and it does help to realize the world. For the most part, it’s pretty exciting action set in a cool, sci-fi world, and it doesn’t try to be too much else. There’s nothing wrong with that, not everything needs to be Shakespeare. Some things can just be good, clean fun.

This is probably the hardest kind of book to recommend or not. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it fails to really blow me away too. It’s good, if you like that kind of thing, which I do! So, if you’re into racing comics, or stylized future adventures, or just in the mood to check out a Space Dandy-esque world in comic form, pick this up. If not, it’s still a pretty good book. You might enjoy it anyway.

 

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