By Jon Tsuei, Eric Canete, & Leonardo Olea
As another new title out from Image this year, RunLoveKill is in good company. The prologue kicks off the book with a well-executed parallel action sequence. It immediately captivates, then the story shifts to focus on another female character, Rain, as she tries to escape her walled-in, oppressive city.
The second half of the issue is where the comic loses its impact. Jon Tsuei and Eric Canete have established the city Prygat as building a giant wall to protect citizens from outside threats, but of course the real menace is within. This is a trope we’ve seen before, as Rain narrates and sets up the exposition, the story slowly resembles elements from Attack on Titan or even Pacific Rim. Sad to say, I immediately lost interest in the plot.
The cover done by Manu Fernandez is simple, but stunning…really it’s what made want to check this comic, so mission accomplished. Unfortunately, the interior artwork isn’t as striking. Leonardo Olea’s coloring is what truly shines. The color palette he uses definitely calls to mind the scheme used in the gorgeous video game Transistor. He really elevates Canete’s pencils.
Sad to say this debut is poor, maybe the creative team can redeem the story, but I have no interest in picking up issue two. Surely, other readers will give this title more of chance. Also, despite this reviewer’s disinterest in the pencils, there will be some readers who will appreciate Canete’s work. It’s recommend that readers give this mini-series a shot, if they like sci-fi; it is the premiere issue after all. Otherwise, this is one that can be passed up.