By Nolan P. Smith
Black Mask Studios has created some of the most intriguing, original comics I have read in quite some time. One of my favorite series from the publisher has to be Space Riders. A mature, brash romp through a dangerous galaxy in a spaceship shaped like a skull is way more fun than it even sounds, so much that Black Mask has brought back the popular title with Galaxy of Brutality.
From the minds of Fabian Rangel Jr. and Alexis Ziritt comes the next chapter in the Space Riders odyssey. Since the first series, the gang has disbanded for reasons all their own: now Capitan Peligro and Yara still steer upon the Skullship Santa Muerte as the Space Riders, but the powerful Mono has left after an argument with the captain and seeing a troubling vision.
Peligro and Yara battle some violent and combining Vikers, while Mono seems to be chosen for something more. But wait, a trip to Limbo sends the Skullship on a different direction, and info a familiar face. Rangel’s script is fantastic, as it reintroduces the gang to readers and shows them doing what they do best- kicking all kinds of tail, intergalactic style. Ziritt’s artwork is psychedelic and fun, and unlike any book on the market. The throwback feel to this title is the shot of adrenaline and creativity the comic industry needs.
For me, this is like a Rated-R Guardians of the Galaxy- a space faring team out to right the wrongs of the galaxy, and maybe get paid in the process. This is a great kick off issue for the new series, and places this title firmly back on the radar. If you don’t mind a few swear words here and there, then I have no doubt you will enjoy the return of the Space Riders, maybe as much as I did.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10.
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