Review – Independence Day #1 (Titan Comics)

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Publisher: Titan Comics
Writer: Victor Gischler
Artist: Steve Scott
Release Date: March 23rd, 2016

With the sequel to alien invasion mega hit Independence Day set to crash land into theatres this summer, Titan have released a new series to entertaining eager fans who need a prior fix.

The film is still held in high regard to this day, and the upcoming sequel will undoubtedly invade the box office upon its release. The latest comic release by Victor Gischler and Steve Scott serves as a prequel story, and it’s the type of bland, generic fare that often beleaguers comic book tie-ins to new movies. Not to say that it’s ‘bad’, necessarily – at best it makes for some passable reading if you happen to stumble upon it lying around somewhere unattended, but it’s not exactly worth spending your hard earn money on.

The story revolves around the characters Captain Joshua Adams and Dr. Jessica Morgan, two operatives for the US military, who along with their team, are tasked with investigating a mysterious vessel found lying deep within the Atlantic Ocean. What dangers might be in store for them, I wonder?

In all fairness to Victor Gischler, this does fit the criteria of what one might expect from an Independence Day comic. Much like the film, it’s all fairly generic and forgettable, with one dimensional characters given the Hollywood treatment of a standard military unit squadron. They aren’t the type of characters who will advance a story with their actions, but they do serve as the appropriate pawns the plot demands.

The artwork by Steve Scott is easy on the eyes, but devoid of personality. There’s no disputing that he’s a very talented artist, but you could hold this up against many other comics of its ilk and it’d blend in, as opposed to standing out. Really this encapsulates the playing-it-safe mentality that makes everything about this very basic.

Give this one a miss unless you’re a fan of the movie or uninspired formulaic dreck. It’s about as lifeless as a morgue. However, if will pass the time on a rainy day, long train journey or bout of constipation.

Rating: 2/5.

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The writer of this piece was: Kieran Fisher
Kieran Tweets from @HairEverywhere_

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