Pick of the Week (Mar. 11th): Southern Cross #1

Southern Cross #1

Writer: Becky Cloonan

Art: Andy Belanger

Colors:  Lee Loughridge

Publisher: Image

“We can haunt the icy moon together” – Alex

This week many heavy hitters were released. Amazing Spider-man, Silver Surfer, Thor, Marvels relaunch of Howard the Duck, just to name a few. However in the end it’s Becky Cloonan and Andy Belangers’ creator owned Southern Cross that takes the Number 1 spot. Southern Cross is a story in a futuristic setting where our protagonist, Alex, is traveling by space ship (the Southern Cross) to the planet Titan in search of answers. We learn that Alex’s sister has died under mysterious circumstances on Titan, and Alex is determined to discover what really happened. In order to get to Titan Alex must first endure a six month journey on the Southern Cross, along with a roommate who may not be what she seems, and a crew that pose their own set of mysteries. Cloonan does a fantastic job of quickly crafting characters that are compelling and complex. Almost every single character we are introduced to appear to have something more to them than meets the eye. Even Alex herself has a checkered past and questionable motives. I’ll keep this review spoiler free, but lets just say nothing in this story is strictly black and white. The art by Andy Belanger is spectacular. He crafts a world that is as visual appealing as it is complex. Every page hides a hidden wealth of detail that begs for a second, third, or even fourth glance. The coloring choices by Lee Loughridge are excellent. I really enjoyed the use of various color shading to really give the scene a realistic feel. It felt as if the dark blues, greens, purples, were pulling me out of my bedroom and onto the cold metal of the Southern Cross. Lee’s use of different colors for different sections of the ship also helped organize the ship in my mind. Providing a nice visual aide to the story. Overall Cloonan and Co. debut a fantastic new world with a fresh story that leaves me wanting more. I highly recommend that you go out and buy this comic if you haven’t already. If you enjoy sci-fi or horror comics, you won’t be disappointed.

Rating: 8.5/10

-Andrew Horton

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