Satellite Falling #1

Satellite Falling #1

Writer: Steve Horton Artist: Stephen Thompson Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: May 11, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 6
8.2Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

A lone human survived the death of the one she loved, and escaped a corrupt Earth. She now makes her way as a bounty hunter, on a satellite full of aliens. But someone's about to turn her life upside down...
•  By Amala's Blade writer Steve Horton and Star Wars artist Stephen Thompson!
•  Variant cover by Judge Dredd artist PJ Holden!
•  For fans of space opera, crime fiction and lots of things exploding!

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Amani Cooper May 11, 2016

    I have come to trust a lot of indie books for good stories, and Satellite Falling is no different. I can already see this becoming one of my fave IDW titles next to Jem and the Holograms of course. I had no idea what I was getting into when I was presented with this book. I had no idea what I was in for just looking at the cover. Now that I do know, I want everyone to know that this book is definitely worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney May 11, 2016

    This series has promise, theres no doubt about it – from the incredible artwork, right through to the execution of the premise. Quite where its going at this stage is anyones guess, but for the first time in a while, Ive got the right kind of wanting more. It doesnt feel like its stopped short, or holding anything back – exactly the right amount of exposure and intrigue happens before the vaguely traditional cliff-hanger ending. There are bold ideas here, bold designs too, and its all tied together with a fluidity thats deeply enticing. This is the sort of story that Babylon 5 and Farscape wished they couldve been, and is easily one of the best issue ones Ive read in months. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Jgalette May 18, 2016

    I read a lot of first issues and rarely do I find one as well paced and plotted as Falling Satellite is. Steve Horton seems to have a fair handle on sci-fi noir, something a lot of folks either think they're doing really well, when they aren't really doing noir at all, or just straight up do poorly. This is a story that knows what it is coming out of the gate and to me, that's exciting. It should excite you too. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 14, 2016

    The best new book of 2016. A book that captures the feel of a classic thriller while set in a wholly alien environment. Highest possible recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 8, 2016

    Science fiction fans need this in their life. The world reads as if it's honest-to-goodness alive and the protagonist is living there as we speak. You won't be disappointed if you like a character focused story with a lot of science fiction thrown in. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray May 10, 2016

    Satellite Falling doesn't give us everything at once, and instead is the start of a mystery adventure with something genuinely fresh in the world of comic book sci-fi. Horton, Thompson and Jackson have taken a familiar bit of plotting and placed something simultaneously otherworldly and believable on top of it, ensuring the audience is hooked and there are plenty more pieces to be unpacked in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Amy Ziegfeld May 12, 2016

    First issues are difficult. They not only have to set up the story, and the characters, and the world, they also have to act as a sales pitch for the series as a whole. Satellite Falling #1 does an admirable job on all accounts. The story is intriguing, the characters nuanced, the world engrossing, and it offers the promise of a fantastic science fiction tale to come. Satellite Falling #1 is both an auspicious start and a fantastic read in and of itself. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson May 13, 2016

    Horton ensures that Lilly's character continues to stay fresh; her conscience comes into play near the end of the issue, something that makes for another twist that is yet another selling point for issue #2. Dynamic storytelling keeps the comic fresh and unpredictable, with stunningly constructed art to boot. "Satellite Falling" #1 is a genuine example of storytelling excellence in comics, one that uses its influences to create something refreshing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    PopOptiq - Erin Perry May 6, 2016

    Satellite Falling charms the reader within the first few pages with its Samantha Spade protagonist navigating a strange new alien-filled world. The lush color palette on an imaginatively constructed setting elevates the engagement and enjoyment, while an action-driven plot makes reading both fast and fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 12, 2016

    This new series effectively blends familiar tropes with an unusual setting and arrives at something unique. It certainly helps that writer Steve Horton doesn't get hung up on world building. He merely drops readers into Lily's colorful world and allows the details to form organically over the course of the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen May 13, 2016

    Satellite Falling is a sci-fi beauty, with an understated but poignant emotional thread stringing it together. And hey, any comic in which the protagonist throws out a self-deprecating remark about "ersatz self-therapy" getmy attention. And respect. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 5, 2016

    Satellite Falling doesn't do a lot of heavy lifting in establishing the makeup of this particular place, or humanity's connection to it, but it has some neat little bits to it. I like that we get a world where Lilly is the only human and that she went there to get away from everything that would remind her of her loss. Throwing yourself into your work is common for a lot of people in these situations and I've been there myself, just not with the bounty hunting. Steve Horton has set up things well with pretty much an open field of possibilities and Stephen Thompson and Lisa Jackson look like they're definitely going to bring it to life well with him. It's definitely a solid debut for a new book that should entice the science fiction fans with something that has the right balance of humor and action with just a little bit more to it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho May 12, 2016

    A very enjoyable first issue of what looks to be a memorable miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi May 6, 2016

    This is a great story about someone trying to move onto the next chapter of her life. Lilly is trying to get over Eva by distracting herself with work. So far, it hasn’t been working, but hopefully we’ll see some nice character development throughout the series. I’d say this is definitely a successful first issue, and I can’t wait for more! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Wendel May 10, 2016

    The series seems like it's trying to be Saga, which isnt a bad thing at all since Saga is one of the best comic books on the market today. Though the first issue does feel a bit too standard with the plot, thanks to the fantastic creature creations and the theme of trying to find a piece of yourself after losing something, this book has the potential to be a series with a large following in the near future. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    We The Nerdy - Adeem Khan May 11, 2016

    Overall, I still think theres great potential in this story. As boring as I found the character of Lily, theres still a lot about her that we dont know, and theres still a chance to make her an interesting character. It would have been better for the book if it focused more on establishing the main character in this first issue, rather than diving headfirst into it'sclichd plot. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Lisa Cox May 13, 2016

    Overall, I might pick up the second issue to see if anything improves, but the problems in Satellite Falling #1 are too numerous and run too deep for me to be excited about where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Isaac Quattlebaum May 11, 2016

    There's not much in this first issue that you can look forward to in the next. The entire book relies on the main character. I'm more interested in the supporting alien characters that are briefly depicted. But our human protagonist Lily is the star of this series. The whole bad girl that wants to be good has been done to death recently and frankly it's not interesting anymore. I feel like female characters don't have to be short-tempered and trash-talkers to be interesting. It's not edgy. It's just lazy. That's what this book relies on and I don't expect much further characterization from this series so I'll take for what it is. At the end of the day I still prefer sticking to Saga for my sci-fi needs. Satellite Falling falls too short to replace it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Gizmo May 16, 2016

    The artwork is top notch, the best you'll see out of IDW aside from Santolouco's TMNT interiors. The aliens look great and add an interesting dynamic to the story possibilities. On the downside, it is yet another cop-type protagonist, which is seriously played out, even in sci-fi. There's a similar approach to this in 2000 AD's Grey Area. I'd suggest checking that out if you like this.

  • 6.0
    Briton May 27, 2016

    Disappointing. Peel away the now obligatory 'diversity' and sci-fil content, and what do you have? A bounty hunter/gangster story which we've all seen a thousand times before. The artwork adds 2 points to my score and deserves a better story.

  • 9.5
    lizzy99 Jul 23, 2016

  • 8.5
    truffaz Jul 30, 2016

  • 8.5
    JAC8285 Aug 6, 2016

  • 7.0
    Deficient_ai May 12, 2016

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