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Chimera #1

Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2003
By: Craig Lemon



Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Brandon Peterson

Publisher: CGE


In the Imperium, starships and just about everything is powered by a Nuclear Fusion reaction between the elements Deuterium and Tritium, meaning mining of these is incredibly critical to its maintenance and expansion. Mining is a high-risk job, lots of radiation around, lots of huge machines, big chunks of ice, high death rate. Sara Janning is one such miner - such an occupation does not lend itself to making friends easily - you do your shift, you get your pay, you get the hell out of there - so when Jason Bryce (sic) comes a-calling, fresh from somewhere unknown, it's not surprising she blows him out.

Except he's there with her on a cushy number the next day, said job normally takes a well-established miner months to secure, he gets it in a couple of days...

Their relationship takes a turn for the worse when they encounter something...alien...buried in the ice, and he gets blown to pieces by it...said destruction activates something critical in the Emperor's domicile, and here comes the fleet on a search-and-destroy mission. Now get out of that, Sara...

The absolute best thing about this issue is the introductory flashback section, a cool look at Sara's younger days and a good peek behind the scenes of an invasion of a *supposedly* harmless settlement. Unfortunately we get no more than a small look at this as the story jumps straight into that mentioned above, which, initially at least, reminds me very much of Anne McCaffrey's excellent book "The Crystal Singer".

Storywise there's not a lot to complain about, although at the moment the wrong part is being concentrated on (I wanted more on the initial settlement and invasion, that was interesting). The art is gorgeous, but lets the side down in two places - firstly the cheesy cover, secondly the unwarranted cheesecake shot of Sara getting ready for bed. She poses as if she's in a porno movie, totally out of place in this comic...I wish Peterson had take an alternate view on this, there's really no need for it, as it detracts from the pacing of the comic and brings you up short - "god, I hope no-one on the bus looks over my shoulder whilst I read that page, they'll think comics pander to pervs".

Promising, yet disappointing. Avoid the titillation, concentrate on the story, and there's a cracker of a comic here.



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