Series: Rogue Planet
Publisher: Oni Press
Words: Cullen Bunn
Art: Andy Macdonald
Colors: Nick Filardi
Published: May 27, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: Salvage vessel Cortes tracks the Lonely Orphan, a planet with no star system to call its own. Somewhere on this hostile rock is a payload fit for a king. To attain it, though, the crew of the Cortes must brave razor rock, poisonous vapors, treacherous footing, and… the most mind-numbing horrors imaginable. Something nightmarish is at work on Lonely Orphan. Something cruel. Something hungry.
In space, when something hears you scream, that something, typically, grows hungry…
Cullen Bunn makes it clear, immediately, by spilling a bit of extraterrestrial blood, that Rogue Planet will unsettle and disturb as much as it will entertain readers looking for escape, and, thanks to the fact that this story is familiar enough—but still fresh, nonetheless—he is able quickly bring readers up to speed and drop them into the hell that the crew members of the Cortes have stumbled upon.
Andy Macdonald’s artwork is packed with blood curdling detail that immerse readers deep into the story. His illustrations are well-crafted and just real-enough – although far from photorealistic – to get Bunn’s points across without turning stomachs. Saying that I would like Macdonald’s closeups to be a bit more expressive would be honest, but I would also be nitpicking, as Rogue Planet #1 works well, visually.
Although it’s not immediately apparent, I’m confident that there’s more depth to this story than Bunn has let on in this debut issue. With that said, I’m looking forward to next issue and watching this tale unfold, as Bunn’s newest nightmare-scape/-scenario shows great promise.