Drone #1 (of 4) (Red 5 – Chitwood / Kintz / Henderson / Peteri)
In the near future, the U.S. transforms warfare by testing lethal remote-controlled robotic drones on the front lines. To the world’s superpowers, the technology is something to be coveted and stolen. To a group of state-side fun-loving hackers, it is the ultimate video game. As featured in FCBD 2009.
In the Past, Red 5 has shown it’s readers that it is incredibly versatile and can successfully take on pulp (Atomic Robo), fantasy (Neozoic), superhero (Midknight), horror (ZMD) and various other genres with apparent ease and print a book that is competitive with any other comic company out there.
If the higher ups over at Red 5 have a master-list of genres to conquer, they can now check off sci-fi action, because Drone leaves no doubt that Red 5 owns it.
The story follows a bunch of hacker / gamer protagonists as they stumble into an experimental government technology… robo-combat drones. Scott Chitwood (Afterburn) writes a story that introduces and effortlessly intertwines the stories of the likeable hackers and the tech-military heroes who were originally behind the technology. Chitwood combines both gamer and soldier to take on the terrorist bad guys that both involves the reader and has a action movie pace… who wouldn’t love this? really? As a bonus, the rounded, almost-realist art given by the freshmen creative team of Kintz and Henderson is a very good effort and adds warmth and emotion to Drone, overall giving even more value to this series.
Drone is definitely worth a pick-up when it comes out in November!
Issue grade: A