REVIEW: DEATH ORB #2

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  • In a post-apocalyptic American Rider, risks all in a search for his wife. He joins a rebellious group of wastelanders in a quest to take down the mad scientist Father, who seems set on bringing complete destruction to the world.
  • Death Orb #2 is the second of a 5-issue mini-series.
  • (W) Ryan Ferrier (A) Alejandro Aragon (C) Chris O’Halloran (L) Ryan Ferrier (Created By) Alejandro Aragon, Ryan Ferrier
Be it nuclear war, The Plague (which currently seems to be the most popular), a Zombie Apocalypse, or an Alien Invasion, the result is generally that you have the remnants of humanity fighting to survive in a Desert apocalypse scenario, a hellish and devastated world full weirdness and weirdos in every corner of whatever remained of past civilization. But Death Orb feels a little different.
Death Orb #1 begins with an ax-wielding, motorcycle riding protagonist, Rider, with a singular purpose in locating his abducted family, to include his pregnant wife, across a vast wasteland ruled by the leader of the cult, The Father, has a mission of his own, one which seems to have drawn in those close to Rider. Though the search for his pregnant wife feels more like a driving mechanism in which to explore the rest of the landscape.
Death Orb #2 began with an ax-wielding, protagonist, hooking up with a crew with a similar mission of taking out the Evil Lord Father, but first they take a little detour to rescue a little girl name pilot from a subterranean safe house. Though the search for his pregnant wife and family was supposed to be his main mission at this point it feels more like a driving mechanism or excuse, in which to explore the rest of the landscape.
Creators Alejandro Aragon and Ryan Ferrier have taken the genre of apocalyptic future and blended it with an actual plot with a dash of manga and just a touch of western. Alejandro Aragon’s art perfectly conveys a sense of a world recently having been run through a Hell’s Kitchen and back. As for the lettering, Ferrier’s does a pretty good job of not letting it get in the way of the panel movement to complement what’s happening on the page.
The characters in this book definitely have personality, the story has a solid foundation for a good series, so if you are looking for a short series to that could find interest from fans outside of normal comic readers, and could easily be adapted into a movie script Death Orb could be one to keep an eye on.
 
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