Writer and artists: Ken Garing
This book is a sequel to the miniseries Planetoid. The inhabitants of a distant planetoid have fought off their robot overlords and have established a settlement; Onica being the leader. What looks like a space man, is exploring a new territory when he comes upon some children playing. He tells them that he heard that there was a settlement in that area. The children take them to their mother, who is also presumably the leader of these people. When he arrives he’s violently unmasked and found to be the Ono Mao; a dangerous and vicious race. Without trial he is put to death. Some of the men head to O-Ham’s ship to understand how he got there in the first place.
This book begins 8 years after the execution of O-Hom. Zuri (the kind child who befriended the outsider) has bloomed into a young lady. Zuri and her father following a trail of ants have found new outsiders near their territory. Being cautious they head back home. The Slab has seemed to have gained a lot more inhabitants. Aden finds himself in a brawl when he travels to the black market. Causing trouble can’t be a good sign. They’re not the only ones discovering new faces. Heliocor is back. They are the ones that built and the enslaved the people of The Slab years ago; before the Ono Mao started taking over. Onica and many other go to the Heliocor for confrontation. Will it be a start of a war or a friendship?
The first 10 pages were just of O-Hom exploring new area, no words were used. I really appreciated it because that’s what a comic is all about; telling a story with pictures. I knew right away I was going to like this book. The beginning had a very Star Wars type feel to it. There was a lot of diversity between the people on The Slab. Ken Garing did a great job with having each race show defining characteristics in how they behave. It was also cool to see the leaders of this Plantoid discuss the fate of O-Hom. His race has done horrible and violent acts of terror, but does that mean that O-Hom himself is also evil? It seemed very parallel to the climate of discrimination that is going on right now in America. The only one who didn’t judge O-Ham was a child. A simple gesture, but very beautiful to me. I was disappointed that O-Ham died, I felt something cool from his story line. The second book had a more expansive population to explore. Every character that was introduced I felt was someone I could get attached too. Which is great because every good story is very much character driven. Onica seems like a great later and hope in the next books we are able to see more interaction with her and Zuri; two dynamic characters. The art was fantastic. It wasn’t over the top but still very eye-catching. Knowing one man put everything together is admirable. I can’t wait for more issues to see where this story goes.
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