A Review: ECLIPSE #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of ECLIPSE#1 from Image Comics and Top Cow Productions. Zack Kaplan writes, Giovanni Timpano draws, Betsy Gonia colors, and Troy Peteri letters.

Ten years ago a solar flare wiped out most of the world’s population and enough of the atmosphere so that direct sunlight is fatal in seconds. So people moved underground and went nocturnal. Last night a guy was deliberately murdered with sunlight, and a bigwig’s daughter has been threatened. So Baxter has to show the security guys how to use the coldsuits he uses to do maintenance. The killer shows up fast, though, and doesn’t seem to be burning up in the sun.

This story is a nice little twist on the “cold blackness of space” idea, not to mention a hot new take on using the environment as a murder weapon. Baxter is a bit of a mystery as a character, too, which seems to be played off as modesty. And it all works together really well, including the art, which smoothly goes from bleak post-apocalypse above ground to near-future sometimes-glitz-sometimes-grit down below.

The truck is a brutal yet original detail in an exciting story, and I can’t wait to see what direction it turns next. Get on board with this one today.

ECLIPSE #1 is available now at your FLCS or at imagecomics.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )