Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Ivan Brandon
Art, Colours, Cover: Nic Klein
Lettering: Clem Robins
Alternate Cover: Becky Cloonan
In the first issue of Drifter, Captain Abram Pollux came down on some planet with his ship. He was rescued by the locals, led by an apparently young woman called Carter, who acts both as a doctor and as some kind of Marshall. She ends up walking him to the crash site of his ship, revealing that it has been there for over a year. But Pollux has been found and rescued only two or three days before. And he doesn’t remember a single thing since the crash and being shot in the stomach by a mysterious hooded figure.
In this book, Pollux tries to find out what happened to his ship, as he can’t accept what he sees before his eyes; also, he attempts to retrieve something very close to his heart he had left in it. But the arrival of a group of dangerous Scavengers interrupts his research.
Ivan Brandon keeps building on the mysteries that Captain Pollux faces on that new planet and in his life as a drifter, giving us access not only to what he does, says and sees but also to his thoughts, his complex inner monologues that accompany the story. We don’t know who (or what) the Scavengers are, although they seem to look quite similar to the individual who shot Pollux at the start of the first issue; we can’t understand what happened to time: Pollux’s ship crashed in a body of water one year before, and as soon as he got out he got shot in the stomach; two days before the events in this book, Carter found him with a very fresh stomach wound. It just doesn’t make sense. Obviously, Ivan Brandon knows exactly how that happened and keeps building on this mystery – that will be analysed while Pollux learns to live in a very different context to what he’s used to.
Nic Klein’s art is wonderful. Lively characters, astonishing landscapes, intricate machinery.
Questions keep piling up for the characters in this series, masterfully kept together by the writing and the art. Definitely worth a read. Or two.