The GeeksverseDark Matter #1

Dark Matter #1
Published on Friday, December 30, 2011 by

Published by: Dark Horse Comics
Written by: Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie
Art by: Garry Brown
Colored by: Ryan Hill
Lettered by: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Cover Art: Garry Brown
Editor: Patrick Thorpe

The basic premise is that people awaken from stasis on a derelict ship in space and have no memory of who they are or why they are there. This series follows them as they try to solve the mystery.

The team of Mallozzi and Mullie (writers of the Stargate series) do a decent job of setting the scene. We get plenty of the “I don’t know how I know that” from them but not in a forced way. The situations that spark the little bits of memory flow naturally. The crew itself is different enough to be interesting but the one thing I didn’t like, or more accurately didn’t think enough time was spent on, was how quickly they come together and start working. They hand out guns, they start working together. That happened a little too quickly. It would have been nice if some mention had been made of that. It seems the writers skipped over that adjustment period so they could get right to the action. It just felt forced that the “alpha male mercenary” character just started handing out guns right and left.

The mystery of what happened to them is interesting, especially with the added part that one of them may have caused it. But again the lack of suspicion is noticable. It is cliche that in this type of situation the people turn on eachother, cliche but also realistic. Even just a comment or two from one of the characters, something along the lines of “it’s kind of odd that we’re working together so quickly” would have helped, it would have made that part of the mystery. Why are they working together so easily and without suspicion?

The overall mystery is interesting and can carry this series. The writers drop little hints here and there that start to define the roles of the characters as well as add more mystery. The little boy seems an odd inclusion at first but then when he starts to go on about blood and tumors, it starts to add a little more to the puzzle. Is he a genius? And would having him on the ship mean it’s more then just a cargo hauler?

The art by Brown is decent. He’s got some real rough linework that gives it an interesting style. The movements are very stiff though. The layouts and panels flow fairly smoothly, with some motion figures to help move it along. The style gives the book a chaotic feel, helping create the mood for the mystery.

Dark Matter #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

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