With October drawing to a close, this means that the latest issue of this new mini series by Brooklyn based talents Raphael Moran and artists Ed Watson and Marc Borstel, has become available via ComiXology. This leaves only one issue to go, with a trade paperback collection of the entire series published by Arcana Comics available for pre-order at various places right now, including at Diamond Distribution and Manhattan’s own Midtown Comics. Chapter three is simply titled, “ATTACK”, and sets up the epic finale for the series’ star crossed lead characters. The tale of “Micronauts meets Billy The Exterminator” comes to a head with the two distinct characters and worlds starting to merge, even if the characters are kept apart by size and relation.
Divorced exterminator Rigby Pinkerton has had a rough day; his possessions have been repossessed by his ex-wife and he keeps running into his new neighbor Rita and her son Juan in awkward ways. Having just been bailed out of prison for stalking by his eccentric mother, Rigby has no idea that his neighborhood has become the latest battleground of an intergalactic struggle between the Sect and the Krill; aliens roughly the size of earth’s insects and crustaceans only far more evolved. The struggle for Sect soldier Flick and his snarky robot ally Trion to safely protect the Nexus Sphere and bring it to another world has brought both them and their enemies the Krill to Earth. Rigby, his dog, and even his truck have inadvertently gotten involved in these battles. The intergalactic struggle becomes more dire when the Krillian queen leads a new armada of Krill to earth, and Trion uses the Nexus Sphere to rebuild his form by evolving and commanding millions of local insects to raid electronics for him. Flick’s despair at stumbling into a situation far above him by nothing more than circumstance leads him to discover the truth about their war between species, and the Krill warrior Argus makes a return appearance. Meanwhile, the infestation of electronics raiding insects finally give Rigby a chance to get in good with Rita and show everyone what a down on his luck exterminator is made of when he’s determined.
The dialogue gets exceptionally crisp in this chapter, especially between Flick and the sarcastic Trion, as well as Rigby with Juan and his mother. There are moments of flashback and exposition, but they’re not as heavy as in the starting chapter as they’re laying the path for the climax. Questions the reader likely had since the start of the series are mostly answered and Moran seems to be running wild with a world of evolved insects making an effect on the lives of earthlings with their own resources. A more simple and crude story would simply have Flick and Rigby (or Trion and Juan, or so on) meet and start to talk to each other by this stage, but this story thankfully avoids doing that, which keeps it more interesting. It prevents another lengthy explanation and the story has more suspense and nuance when the characters all effect each other’s lives and battles without it being direct or deliberate. The colors continue to pop and the art by Watson and Borstel continues to impress. They’re at home whether they’re dealing with alien bugs or cybernetic bugs or some wacky people inside a living room. The story is easy to follow with smooth lines and is easily accessible whether one is a sci-fi buff or casual comic reader.
Moran and Watson sold special “manga style” editions of the trade at this year’s New York Comic Con, and the final issue will be available at ComiXology in November. The trade is available for pre-order at Midtown Comics, Westfield Comics, and Things From Another World (TFAW) and will be released in January 2013. Don’t miss out on one of the quirkiest and fun new science fiction adventure comics of the year!
Pre-Order Code from this month’s PREVIEWS: ISBN: 978-1-927424-74-2 DIAMOND: NOV12 0857