The GeeksverseThe Red Wing #1

The Red Wing #1
Published on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 by

Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Art by: Nick Pitarra
Colored by: Rachelle Rosenberg
Cover Art: A- Nick Pitarra; B- Dustin Weaver

An interesting premise, fighter jets waging combat through time. Hickman sets the stage quickly, getting all the players into place. Interestingly he never mentions who the two sides are. Both are unnamed. We can get an idea of which is good and which is bad with the harvesters that are shown in the opening pages, except we’re not shown what is being harvested or if the other side, the side of the Red Wing, has anything similar.

This approach allows us to concentrate on the people and not the events.

There’s alot of science to the concept and some of it is explained. But it’s almost in terms that don’t talk science. Hickman doesn’t gloss over the concepts, but he doesn’t fully explain them either. We’ve given enough information to know what is going on, how the general idea works, but we’re not bogged down with the actual science, or quasi-science, of the idea.

Like the sides of the combatants, the how isn’t as important as the why.

The why is two stories. The first is in the present, with the son of one of the original Red Wing pilots, learning to become a pilot. The second is about the father and his crash landing. Both are interesting in their own rights and it’ll be interesting to see how they intersect and build off eachother.

We don’t get much of a feel for either of the Dornes, father or son. We learn more about the son, about how his father’s death has haunted him. Beyond that both are fairly blank slates.

But it’s not a negative. Not in this case. Like the science and the combatants, it makes the story more about the why and not the who, about the events and not the players. The players are pieces moving along the board with the larger events guiding their movements.

Whether this holds throughout the series or just the first issue remains to be seen, but it’s an interesting way to tell a story.

The art by Pittara is pretty nice. Some of the panels are pretty sparse, not enough detail, well others are full of detail. He does good with the different eras that the fighters go through. The transition panels are well done with the fighters floating over the panels which show different times. It’s a nice way of showing the way the ships transition.

The transition stands out as unique because of this. Where most time travel effects are loud and bright, this one just happens. Which shows how almost common place time travel is, which helps keep the science down.

The Red Wing #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

An interesting new comic with good art and an intriguing story.

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