Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Stuart Moore
Artist: Gus Storms
Release Date: 15th January 2014
The Earth/Galactic Operatives (EGOs to you at home) are the quintessential superhero group, beloved by all and responsible for saving the universe time and time again. But times have changed, and the group have disbanded and gone their separate ways. However, with reports of a growing threat – a potentially the return of an old nemesis – it’s up to the remaining members, including married couple Pixel and Deuce, to supervise the formation of a ‘new and improved’ EGOs to help protect the galaxy one more time.
Stuart Moore and Gus Storms have put together something truly impressive here; a sprawling, ambitious sci-fi epic that also manages to build itself effectively around a truly believable relationship between a married couple. The series immediately hurls us headlong into a thriving, ridiculously well-developed world, throwing characters and technical jargon at us at an almost dizzying pace. Thankfully however, Moore’s shrewd plotting and Storms’ crisp artwork stop us from being swallowed up entirely, and what we’re left with is an extremely enjoyable tale.
A relative unknown, Storms brings a sure hand to the artwork, showing a flair for creative character design as well as simplicity to his layouts that helps the sometimes overloaded story still manage to flow incredibly well. His strong linework and pastel-hued colour palette give the book a visual style all its own, and he seems equally at ease with sprawling cosmic scenes and intimate, tense marital showdowns. One to watch out for in the future, I’d say.
Moore’s story whips along at a blistering pace, flitting from planet to planet and character to character, and for the early portion of the comic, I almost felt almost like I was being left behind somewhat, drowning in a sea of information and catchy character names. That is, until I was introduced to Deuce and Pixel, the two characters who are undoubtedly the anchor of series. When this happened, all the events prior to this point suddenly had a context, and everything snapped into focus beautifully. Their relationship, with all its ups and downs, plays out wonderfully, and gives some much-needed heart to the story.
Moore’s writing is extremely sharp here, particularly when it comes to the narration that runs through the majority of the comic (with the reveal of its source serving as just one of the onslaught of twists and turns that draw the comic to a close), and he manages to interject a lot of humour and dry wit to the proceedings. The final moments serve as a brilliantly-chosen reveal that gives a whole new context to the previous dozen or so pages, and shifts the whole comic into a brand new light moving forward.
An intelligent sci-fi comic with superhero overtones, realistic characters and more creativity than it knows what to do with, EGOs is going to be an extremely interesting read over the next couple of issues, and I for one can’t wait to see where this particular story is headed.
The writer of this piece was: Craig Neilson (aka Ceej)
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