Kaptara #1 Review
By: Chris, Evil Eye Comics
An imaginative story chock-full of vivid imagery, Kaptara #1 is a fun introduction to a hilariously strange, new world. Written by Chip Zdarsky and illustrated by Kagan McLeod, the fluid dialogue and fantastic art were the stars of the show for me, with each character having a distinct and clearly defined personality that was quickly identifiable from the start. The story follows a spaceship and its astronaut crew as they are unwittingly sucked into an asteroid field that rips their ship to shreds, forcing them to crash land their individual escape pods on an unknown planet. Danger is everywhere as the crew is separated and alone, with the exception of Keith, the main protagonist, and Lance, the captain of the ship, who must fight for their survival on this strange, unfamiliar planet. Along the way, we meet a hilarious new cast of characters who, while sometimes feeling like caricatures of more familiar characters you might recognize from other stories, still possess a fresh, original edge.
The dialogue and rapport between each of the characters is beautifully done, feeling completely natural and real without being overly wordy. This allows you to feel as if you might know these characters in real life and makes them extremely relatable. The main character, Keith, is incapable of taking anything seriously, including life-threatening situations, which, although it’s part of his charm, can potentially make him unlikable and seem a bit over the top at times. Luckily, on the whole this doesn’t detract much attention away from the hilarious and artfully crafted dialogue throughout the rest of the story.
Kagan McLeod’s art is wonderfully easy on the eyes, somewhat cartoonish but not overly so, she does a great job of bringing the numerous action sequences to life. The pastel-heavy colors easily match the beauty of the art, making all of Kagan McLeod’s illustrations of the exotic, unknown planet feel completely new and foreign to the reader.
Overall, Kaptara #1 is rife with wild, vivid imagery, punctuated by witty dialogue and a good storyline. Its shortcomings are greatly outweighed by its strengths, deftly setting up what looks to be a fun series to watch for the future. I will most definitely be picking up the Kaptara #2 when it is released on May 20th.
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