Hadrian’s Wall #1
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel
Art, Colours, Cover: Rod Reis
Lettering: Troy Peteri
This 6-issue miniseries starts from the premise that, during the Cold War, nuclear bombs were detonated in Moscow and New York City; after those events, the two superpowers found peace and colonised space.
It is now 2085. We see that only a few people riddled by nostalgia are still using cash money, and at the same time we observe an astronaut whose visor chips, leading to his death. There is nothing more I can and will tell you about the story, except for the fact (announced in the first page) that… there is another Cold War, this time between Earth and Theta, the biggest of its colonies. And that Hadrian’s Wall is a spaceship.
The creative team behind C.O.W.L. brought the band back together, in a completely different setting. Hadrian’s Wall is shaping to be a very, very interesting series, with the main character’s job as an insurance investigator hindered by a very heavy personal problem: he will need to do his best to understand what happened and at the same time keep his feelings at bay. For what we can read in this first issue, this peculiar and very tough situation has been perfectly created and described by the writing team of Higgins and Siegel.
Rod Reis’s peculiar style, that those who read C.O.W.L. surely have learned to recognise, seems to have improved from those days – and it was already brilliant then. His soft colours (Reis takes care of everything – from pencilling to inking to colouring) and very clear strokes are a trademark of Reis’s, and he makes the absolute best of it.
A praise also for the lettering, care of Troy Peteri: his very clear but slightly unusual trait adds an edge to each and every panel.
Hadrian’s Wall is shaping up to be a very interesting science fiction/thriller series. Give it a try!