Title: Port of Earth #3
Writer: Zack Kaplan
Artist: Andrea Mutti
Colorist: Vladimir Popov
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Publication Date: January 10th, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “A deadly alien has broken travel restrictions and killed an innocent person on the California coast. While ESA Agent Rice is committed to following protocols and peacefully deporting our dangerous visitor back to Port, his partner McIntyre is determined to use lethal force regardless of the situation. Will these two agents be able to overcome their differences, avoid a galactic incident, and safely return the alien to the Port of Earth?”
Port of Earth is one of the most unique comic book series currently in print; the overall concept is strong and original and yet approachable and familiar-enough for readers to immediately dive into the story and begin enjoying it. Three issues in and already I am hooked. In issue #3 readers become more familiar with the stars of this show as the looming threat of an escaped (possibly dangerous) alien is placed on the back-burner while a greater focus is placed on Rice and Mac’s relationship. This book’s ending promises another focal shift come Issue #4 where we’ll certainly learn more about the so-called ‘deadly’ alien that Rice and Mac and company are attempting to contain.
Some of the momentum earned in Port of Earth #2 is lost here but the pacing feels purposeful. Port of Earth is still in its early stages, and since there is room for great expansion and further development, I am sure that once all—or at least most—of the stage is set, this series is going to have a “Holy Shit” moment and it will take off.
Kaplan’s writing and Mutti’s artwork both remain strong and thus Port of Earth #3 is a very readable comic book and is worth purchasing/reading. Now is a the perfect opportunity for newcomers to catch-up—read the Issues 1-3.
The Bottom Line:
Port of Earth #3 sacrifices some of the momentum gained from the last two issues, but it does so to place emphasis on Mac and Rice’s relationship. Thanks to strong artwork and a solid script, Port of Earth #3 is a great book with an ending that promises an exciting follow-up issue.