The Engineer: Konstrukt #1 (of 4) (Archaia Studios – Churilla / Shepherd) An ancient sentient entity is feasting on the very fabric of space and time. Only one man can stop it: The Engineer. Utilizing a colossal pipe organ that enables pan-dimensional travel, The Engineer pursues the lost components of The Konstrukt, an archaic mechanism that imbues whoever possesses it with the ability to manipulate reality itself. The Engineer endeavors to restore The Konstrukt, using it to defeat the creature and undo the incalculable damage already done. The story can best be described as a Stanley Kubrick science fiction epic meets Monty Python. Brian Churilla and Jeremy Shepherd do a good job of creating a cosmic storyline that is filled with adventure, emotion and some straight out absurdity. While I enjoyed the book’s story (the second time I read having the right mind-set and understanding the story structure), what is really the selling point of this series is the art. The co-author team of Churilla (pencils / ink) and Shepherd (colors) make up for some jumps in story-telling with the artistic machinery that makes up The Engineer. The splash pages are phenomenal and keeps the reader focused. One of the last sequences that shows the main character playing his pipe-organ to teleport is absolutely brilliant. Following the Engineer visually on his journey is a great ride even if you aren’t up for the cosmological of the plot.
Issue Grade: B
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