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"Rogue Planet #5" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Oni Press

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Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Andy MacDonald
Colored by Nick Filardi
Lettered by Crank!
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on September 30th, 2020

Review:

What do you do when your ship has crashed on a far-off planet and your crew has been murdered by hideous monsters? I know I would probably just curl into a ball and wait for the sweet release of death. Oh wait, that's how I'm reacting to 2020. Anyway, the remaining crew members of the Cortes find themselves surrounded with strange creatures closing in. This could be their last moments alive, so how will they spend it?

There isn't much in the way of character development in Rogue Planet, but to be honest, we don't really need it. The crew is treated as cannon fodder for the alien beasts that roam this planet. Writer Cullen Bunn gets the overall theme across well, playing with the ideas of fear and hope. This issue wraps up the mini-series and does so with a neat bow. We get a good idea as to what's behind these monsters and what can be done to stop them.

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This is what makes Rogue Planet stand out. The details are laid bare instead of kept vague. We all know space can be dangerous and these folks have witnessed that first hand. Seeing a definitive end to this sci-fi horror is refreshing, but what makes it even more so is the way it ties everything up. It's a burst of light in the darkness, which is very much needed right now.

Artist Andy MacDonald conveys the dire nature of this situation well. There's a gritty texture to the artwork, emphasizing the alien nature of this world and the creatures within it. That's where MacDonald really shines. The aliens are these strange, bulging entities. There might have been a human body in there at one point, but now tendrils and pus-filled bubbles spiral out in swirling tendrils. That is maybe the grossest sentence I've ever typed.

These things utter a strange “REEK!” sound shown over and over on the page from letterer Crank. It's an unsettling tone that pops up when you least expect it to scare the crap out of you.

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Colorist Nick Filardi brings these monstrosities to life with pinks and purples that resemble burnt flesh and raw sinew. It looks absolutely disgusting and I would probably throw up if one of those things even touched me. This contrasts well with the strange glowing crystals that literally shine through the darkness surrounding these people. They have a powerful energy to them.

Rogue Planet is a fun and creepy little sci-fi horror tale. It reminds me a bit of Dead Space, although with a more definitive ending. The creators take the characters down to their lowest possible moment and then build them back up again. It's as chilling as it is inspiring.

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Art: fourandahalfstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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