Title: Sonata #1
Words: Brian Haberlin, David Hine
Art: Brian Haberlin
Colors: Geirrod Van Dyke
Published: June 12, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: ““THE FALL” In this all-new series from DAVID HINE (THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN), BRIAN HABERLIN (WITCHBLADE), and GEIRROD VAN DYKE (SPAWN, MEDIEVAL SPAWN/WITCHBLADE), two cultures clash on a planet they each believe is their Promised Land. The Rans are a peace-loving people, but the Tayans are a race of warriors who seek to colonize and control. The mysterious Sleeping Giants also call this place home, though no one knows if they’re monsters or the gods of legend. And amidst all this, a young woman named Sonata is willing to break all the rules to find her place in this world—and she’s not about to let sleeping gods lie.”
Welcome to Perdita, a last hope planet for two alien races: the Rans and the Tayans. Though both peoples are displaced, seeking asylum on this new planet, the Rans wish to maintain peace on the planet, working with the locals to share resources, while the Tayans seek dominance over the land and the people on it. As the two groups collide, one girl is there to witness it all, Sonata.
Sonata #1 is tremendous first issue from Brian Haberlin and David Hine. Haberlin and Hine set-up quick the science fiction epic, offering readers background information, character introductions, and major plot points. Sonata’s voice is front and center, navigating readers through the events of the first issue; I’m already connected to Sonata’s character, her fierce dedication to the people and the planet.
Sonata #1 establishes a quick pace, immersing readers in the action by moving between exposition and conflict. Rounding out the content, Haberlin and Hine add layers of meta-commentary, touching on current events through the conflict. With the main plot points laid out, Sonata #1 promises an intriguing and complex story.
There’s a foreignness to Sonata #1 that comes through in the art, beyond what the script describes. Using muted tones, Geirrod Van Dyke creates a murky atmosphere, predictive of the this issue’s events. Similarly, Haberlin’s soft lines gives the planet a humid-like climate that readers can feel in each panel.
The Bottom Line
Brian Haberlin and David Hine have created a thoughtful, fast-paced first issue: Sonata #1 begins a series that is not to be missed.