Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Brian K. Vaughan returns to comics with a new ongoing series from Image Comics, his first work for the comic publisher. The story centers around two young people from opposites sides of a war, Alana and Marko. Their people are fighting a galaxy-spanning war. On one side, we have magic users from a moon, while on the other are a tech-heavy sort of people who employ robots, from the planet that moon orbits. Not only have Alana and Marko defected from their people, but are in love and have conceived a child. Neither side is happy about the child, and more than one bounty hunter is in place to track them down before word of their union spreads. It's a very epic, ambitious story that Vaughan has planned here, obviously influenced by Star Wars. Fiona Staples does his vision justice with some fantastic art work and beautiful coloring. She paces this double-sized first issue perfectly, letting readers get to know the many characters, with plenty of action and intrigue to move the story along at a brisk pace. Staples also has several really cool character designs here, including the two main characters and the races they come from, as well as several other creatures and characters in play. I think that this sci-fi/fantasy has the makings of something really special, and while readers will be able to spot influences throughout this book, a breathtaking first issue marks what is sure to be an enthralling series.