The GeeksverseInsurrection V3.6 #1 – Advanced Review

Insurrection V3.6 #1 – Advanced Review
Published on Monday, March 7, 2011 by

Created by: Blake Masters
Written by: Blake Masters & Michael Alan Nelson
Art by: Michael Penick
Colored by: Darrin Moore
Lettered by: Travis Lanham
Cover Art: A- Karl Richardson; B- Rael Lyra
Assistant Editor: Eric Harburn
Editor: Dafna Pleban

It’s 3000 C.E., which stands for Common Era, but we don’t know exactly when that started. So we don’t know how far into the future this is. It’s a tale of humanoid robots, called Auts, that are used to fight for the “skins”. They are fighting a group called the Retsu. That’s all we get to know about this time. The Auts are treated as servants/machines.

We’re shown the life of the Auts, and how they are more like humans then some humans are. We’re also shown how the normal humans treat the Auts. It’s similar to slaverly, and seems to be a modern day story about that. We see humans that treat the Auts as almost equals, we see humans that treat them as property and we see humans that treat them as machines. Hal, the central human, is an odd choice as he seems to range from one extreme to the other. At first he’s seen choosing to sit with the Auts in the back of the transport, being friendly with the new model team leader. But then he’s seen only caring about them as machines and how much money they can bring his company. We also see him being a “purist”, not liking the idea of using an Aut for sex. But then he meets one and likes her.

Nelson sets up a couple of storylines, most concentrating on the Auts. The script is good, with the a good flow. The narrative when Tim is created has a bit of foreshadowing. It might have been better if we thought Tim was “normal”. But knowing that he’s different we know to expect him to be instrumental and cause a change in things. The story is done in a way that gives us enough of a backstory on how the Auts live/behave/are treated so that it doesn’t seem forced that Tim will cause an uproar this early in the story.

Penick’s art is very nice. His characters are well rendered, well proportioned. They stand out from one another and the women are beautiful. He does a good job of making the women, the ones that should, stand out. Some of the Auts are meant as basically sex toys, and Penick does a good job of showing that aspect without going into full blown cheesecake mood. It’s a good choice.

He’s got a good grasp of storytelling. The panels flow smoothly. There are no jumps in the story.

Insurrection V3.6 #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

A decent start to the story. Enough information to make it interesting.

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