Paknadel & Trakhanov's Turncoat #1

Paknadel & Trakhanov's Turncoat #1

Writer: Alex Paknadel Artist: Artyom Trakhanov Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: March 16, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 3
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8.2User Rating

What's to Love: Employing the most compelling elements of science fiction and the detective genre, Turncoat is a gripping exploration of power vacuums and the legacy of oppression. Alex Paknadel (Arcadia) and Artyom Trakhanov (Undertow) tell the story of a guilt-ridden protagonist through a grisly quest for a truth. Turncoat will scratch that itch you have for dark sci-fi like Blade Runner, The Forever War, and Neuromancer.

What It Is: 300 years since humanity was brutally subjugated by the alien race known simply as the Management. Two years since these invaders abandoned Earth to return to their home world. Following her participation in the brutal massacre of human-alien hybrids left behind by the Management, resistance fighter Marta Gonzalez declines to join the new human government and starts her own private detective agency instead. Gonzalez is forced to confront her own bloody past and acknowledge the fact that the transition from oppression to emancipation is anything but clean.

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 15, 2016

    Drawing from two robust wells of narrative possibilities, Turncoat delivers a striking debut to fans of both detective fiction and post-apocalyptic sci-fi. Paknadel and Trakhanov are definitely the team to beat here, giving what could be a by-the-numbers series a world of depth and uniqueness. Definitely make sure to give this book a read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Jim Taylor Mar 17, 2016

    A gripping introduction to this hugely ambitious and imaginative science fiction series. 'Turncoat' promises to be very special indeed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Mar 17, 2016

    There are few teams that could tackle a this mixing of the noir and sci-fi genres so well, but Paknadel and Trakhanov do so in a truly entertaining manner. This first issue sets the world up beautifully, the pacing spot-on for the rest of this mini-series to follow. This first issue is just about as good as it gets, from its original and promising conceit to its wild and exciting execution.Paknadel & Trakhanov's Turncoat #1is one book you need to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Mar 15, 2016

    Paknadel & Trakhanov's Turncoat#1 is a great comic for anyone who likes gritty sci-fi mashed up with crime/mystery. Paknadel & Trakhanov have created an incredibly rich world here, it seems like there is far more than can be fully explored in a single story arc. I look forward to learning more about the characters, the world, and the departed aliens as the rest of this 4 issue series plays out. Hopefully this will interest enough fans that we'll be getting some follow on stories set in this world down the road. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Mar 16, 2016

    Even though I recognized the creators right away, I still went into this issue with zero expectations. You never know how two creators will work together and even more uncertain is how a four issue mini-series will turn out. Given how much I enjoyed this first issue I'll be sticking around for the next three. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Mar 18, 2016

    This creative team did a wonderful job on the premiere issue of this series. Turncoat is a great dark sci-fi series that is some of the most entertaining material I’ve read in a while. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Mar 17, 2016

    All in all, "Turncoat" #1 was pleasant surprise. Going into it, it was hard to see how it could remain fresh and unique in a sea of sci-fi comics on the market today, but by infusing the science fiction conventions of the backstory with the plot's noir aesthetic, Paknadel, Trakhanov and Wordie have created a story that feels genuinely engaging and while it's not something we've never seen before, it tells its story so well that doesn't matter. As the first issue in a four issue miniseries, this is a pretty strong debut of a comic that should definitely be on your radar if you like science fiction. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Patrick Healy Mar 15, 2016

    The art and story simply trip over each other rather than building one and other. Read Full Review

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