The GeeksverseEdge of Doom #2

Edge of Doom #2
Published on Monday, November 29, 2010 by

Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: Steve Niles
Art by: Kelley Jones
Colored by: Jay Fotos
Lettered by: Amauri Osorio
Editor: Bob Shreck
Covers: Jones

This is about an astronaut on an uncharted planet that gets left behind. A malfunction on his ship causes it to leave early with the rest of the crew and he is left behind. They manage to leave him some supplies and that includes a little weather scanning bot that he activates and becomes his only friend.

We follow Morgan’s life on the planet, with just the little robot, for a span of five years. We see how the little robot helps him stay sane (relatively) and functional when he’s the only person there. We see them encounter different things. I don’t want to give away any of the surprises and there is a major twist at the end.

This was a really well crafted story. You feel for Morgan. The opening sequance with the ship leaving takes up alot of pages, but it does work pretty well. It helps give us the same feeling that Morgan has; running and hoping that you make it to the ship. And we feel the devastation that Morgan feels when the ship leaves him.

Niles does a good job with this story. This could have been twice as long and been as good. Niles does a good job cramming everything into the 22 pages, and make it all work and readable and not compact. This could have easily had a couple of spots where you know there are things missing, that were left out to fit the page count. But thats not the way it reads.

This could easily be converted into a full length movie that would be interesting and compelling to watch.

I’ve never been a big fan of Kelley Jones work. Most of this issue is well done. He does it in a minimal style that helps develop the feeling of a desolate planet. But here and there are panels that look unfinished or bad. It’s like he didn’t try on those feel panels and just quickly sketched something into it.

Which is a shame because it would have been great if the entire issue had been of a consistent quality.

Edge of Doom #2 receives
4 out of 5

Go to the Pryde’s forums and share your thoughts on this issue.

A good story with a really good Twilight Zone like twist at the end.

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