A Red Mass for Mars #3
By Zak Edwards
Jun 23, 2009 - 15:07
Writer(s): Jonathan Hickman
Penciller(s): Ryan Bodenheim
Colourist(s): Ryan Bodenheim and Marty Shelley
For many people, the name Jonathan Hickman means the guy who is about to take over Fantastic Four or the co-writer of Secret Warriors. But for those who have been watching the scene behind the two big comic book publishers, Jonathan Hickman means a whole lot more. Creator of such series as The Nightly News, Transhuman, and Pax Romana, Hickman has been bringing a well-studied approach to science fiction for a few years now. I was beginning to worry about Hickman’s independent series, now that Marvel Comics has been giving him so much work, but it looks like fans now have another issue of Red Mass for Mars, a book about the end of humanity.
As for the art, Ryan Bodenheim and colour assists by Marty Shelley is really a joy to look at. I mention Marty Shelley because of the colouring of this issue, which really struck a chord with me. The backgrounds, almost all of space with crazy colour schemes of blue and red or brown and yellow, help create mood within the scenes while maintaining a surrealistic experience. This type of future is very foreign and I like how the background colouring works with this. His characters are expressive and play with convention just like the script. Many characters look like the archetypes they mimic, yet in the scenes in which they react against these ideas, the characters can look very unlike themselves in often shocking ways.
8.5/10 For those of you who like Secret Warriors, go back and read Hickman’s other stuff, this series included.
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