Draxx #1 (Cold Stream Studios – Hudson / Harrington) – Any science fiction fan will recognize the plot and arch-types present in Draxx. At first, this story of a seasoned war veteran who is leading a spot task force against the squid and bug-like aliens bent on destroying and enslaving the human race seems like it will hit every stereotype and known plot device in the book… and it comes close. From Draxx, the loyal and stalwart leader, to the cunning female second in command who secretly is in love with her commander to the space combat dialogue to the full scale movie invasion at the end of the issue… it ‘s apparent that Chris Harrington is paying tribute to his favorite actions movie and pulp heroes. It’ not bad writing at all, just fairly predictable and melodramatic. The penciling is uniquely characterized with a combination of bold thick lines and organic curves. The art is memorable with the coloring being a superb aspect of Draxx… the choices and contrast of metallic blue and “psychedelic” colors and textures give the book that comfortable feel of a classic sci-fi movie. While Draxx as a final product might need some work, this book shows incredible promise on the part of the creative team and I would look forward to future issues of Draxx and whatever their next project might be. Pullbox Warning: Due to the graphic nature of some of the art (aka naked people) this should not be on your 12 year old’s list.