Venus #1

Venus #1

Writer: Rick Loverd Artist: Huang Danlan Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: December 23, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 2
6.0Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

What's to Love: Surviving against all odds. Adventures on the frontier. Lying on the cusp of discovering something new. Rick Loverd (Berserker) and artist Huang Danlan brought us a story that evokes the history of great adventurers from the pilgrims to the Western pioneers, from deep-sea explorers to polar trailblazers, all of whom searched for a new beginning.

What It Is: In 2150, Earth's resources are depleted, and countries race to outer space to mine what they need from other planets. China has laid claim to Mars, so the U.S. and its allies have to make do with getting what it needs from the inhospitable world of Venus. But for a group of Americans making its way there, survival has become all too real. After their ship crash-lands on the planet, the scrappy crew is forced to do whatever it takes to navigate the harsh landscape in their journey to find the science base they were flying toward. In the vein of great adventure survival stories like Lost and The Martian,

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Nov 25, 2015

    There's been a lot of space exploration stories this year both from large publishers, small publisher and independent creators. Some have stood out, while others have been forgotten. So far, Venus looks to be a keeper. It would be really difficult for the second issue to be bad given where this issue ends, but we'll see for sure. If anything, this was an enjoyable first issue that has caught my attention and kept me entertained. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Dec 28, 2015

    Venus feels more concerned about the mission itself rather than the people entrenched in it. Without that human element, the mission feels mechanical and sterile. We care more about the success of the mission because of its impact on the United States' government, not because we necessarily want to see the crew of the Mayflower survive. That's where Loverd fails to fully build his momentum. We see one thing after another happen, but we don't get the opportunity see Manashe and the other characters more in-depth, we don't get to see their reason why. Without knowing more about the crew, it's hard to fully engage with the characters and what ultimately holds Venus #1 back from its full potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Russ Dobler Dec 26, 2015

    Venus #1 admirably tries to accomplish a lot in a first issue, but it almost feels like the book concentrates on the wrong things. The title character, the planet itself, gets short shrift in favor of the rest of the cast and apparently extraneous details on the ship that's gone for good two thirds of the way in. Of course the people of the story need to be developed, but a book called Venus, written by a science guy, almost implicitly promises that will come after we first get a good look at the awesome and terrible place that real humans may never be able to visit. It's a little disappointing the creative team chose to do something more "standard" instead, but there are still three issues to go, so there's still a chance for Venus to meet its unique opportunity and not become Indie Sci-Fi Disaster Book #38. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    First Comics News - Richard Vasseur Dec 24, 2015

    This first issue is a great start to the series. The Captain makes for such a outstanding character. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    GWW - Jgalette Dec 28, 2015

    While I wasn't a particular fan of the story presented, I have to praise Huang Danlan's art and Marcio Menyz's color work. They do a fantastic job of establishing a the bleak and gruesome nature of the adventure that lays ahead for our heroes. Unfortunately I don't think I'll be joining them on that adventure, but maybe you should if you've absolutely got a craving for a harrowing story of space survival. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Briton Jan 20, 2016

    A good start to this series. It will be intersting to see where it goes.

  • 8.0
    jrphoenix Jan 26, 2016

    I picked up Venus based on the previews solicit. I was pleasantly surprised. Great frantic action to start the series.

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