EDITOR's NOTE: Groom Lake #1 will be in stores on March 18th and is currently available for pre-order.
When I heard about the teaming up of Chris Ryall (Zombies vs Robots) and Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night) I was on board before I even saw a teaser page. Thankfully, I can say that the pair didnít let me down with the first issue of Groom Lake.
I wonít hit on major details since this is an advanced review, but I will go on about how well the story is laid out. Ryall has added bio captions that are hilarious at times and always informative. Overall, the story moves very quickly and leaves you anxiously awaiting the next issue. Ryall tackles all of the UFO theories head on and starts to blaze a path of his own in the genre. Karl Bauerís introduction tale into the world of aliens is both intriguing and hilarious. I really want to go into more on Karlís intro but I donít want to give away any details.
Templesmithís distinct style only compliments this off beat tale of aliens and conspiracies. His facial expressions convey what the character is feeling, be it terror or the utmost seriousness. Not to mention that his color palette choices drive those moods home. I probably donít even need to mention the fact that his aliens and robots just make this tale that much more enjoyable, but I will anyway.
One thing I did find bothersome about this comic was that some of the font choices for the captions and balloons were a bit hard to read. Although, Iíll admit that I read this in digital format and the print copy may fix this problem, so that wonít be a huge penalty on my review.
Ryall and Templsmith have hooked me to continue on with this series. Iíll definitely be picking up a hard copy of this issue and impatiently awaiting the second issue.
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