Space Riders – Galaxy Of Brutality #1

7 Overall Score
Art: 7/10
Dialogue: 7/10
Story: 7/10

Colorful, in many senses of the word.

Viseral, but doesn't make much sense.

Space Riders – Galaxy Of Brutality #1
(W) Fabian Rangel, (A) Alexis Ziritt
Black Mask Studios

An ancient evil is gathering power throughout the cosmos, and it falls upon the legendary SPACE RIDERS to kick its a**! Having disbanded, the crew of CAPTAIN PELIGRO, MONO, and YARA must reunite for what may be their final ride! The cult comic that electrified comic readers in the brain RETURNS to blast your fragile human psyche into oblivion!!

Space Riders #1 is much more an experience than a story. Things happen that are roughly connected to each other, sure, but if feels like they only happen to be felt or seen, but to tell any story, and certainly not to be made sense of. That’s not a bad thing at all, just something one needs to understand to be able to enjoy the ride.

So, they’re Space Riders and they’re Vikers and they don’t like each other. And the Space Rider first officer, an orangutan, is off to visit an elephant for enlightenment. Yes, there’s symbolism to ponder, and yes, there’s fight scenes to gawk at, but as for actually story, that’s pretty much all we know. What’s a Viker? Haven’t a clue. Refugees from what? Ask again later. Why does everything look like a skull? Sorry, can’t help you. Enjoy it and stop asking questions.

The art has a unique look to it, too. Everything is bright and colorful in a totally unrealistic way, and things are far more detailed than they should be. Visceral really is the best word for it. This is meant to be stared at and pondered, felt rather than seen. It may not appeal to every one, but it’s a nice touch, far better than being the same as a hundred other comics just to be lumped in a pile and forgotten in a week.

Space Riders is like a throwback to those generic bad-ass action movies we used to get in the 80s and 90s. This dude is here to kick the bad guy’s ass, snarling, cursing, and looking cool in every shot. Why is he the good guy? Because he looks so cool. Why are they the bad guys? Because they’re against him! Again, that may not be for everyone, but it’s a lot of fun for people who do enjoy it.



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