Death Orb #1 (of 5)
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Alejandro Aragon
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: October 3, 2018
Pulp Nation Rating: 9.5
The world we know no longer exists. North America is nothing more than a vast war-torn post-apocalyptic wasteland.
What’s more, North America has been taken over by the Lords and the enigmatic Father. Their goal: perfection by any means necessary no matter how twisted.
Rider’s wife and children were abducted by these new overlords and he’s on a mission to find them. And along with his trusty ax, he’s cutting down anyone who stands in his way.
I was intrigued when I first heard of this book and it didn’t disappoint.
All Killer, No Filler
Ryan Ferrier doesn’t waste a single word Death Orb #1. Every word has a purpose and moves the story forward. Not even a whiff of fluff.
You know, it will be interesting to see if others pick up on the subtle flashback later in the issue. Reading other reviews—I’m always keen to see what other reviewers think—one review said the issue could use a flashback and I thought, “friend, you missed it.”
To be sure, it was short—just a few lines—but definitely gives you an idea of Rider’s true self. We don’t know what he was like before, but we do know how much he loves them and that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get his family back.
My Worst Nightmare Come True
As great as the dialogue is at providing insight into Rider’s character, so is the art and colors of Death Orb #1. It gives one a true sense of what a post-apocalyptic world might look like.
Crumbling facades, vast desert wastelands with the hazy fog of war hanging in the skies; it’s like those nightmares people have where they’re the only person around for miles and you’re not sure where your loved ones ended up. You’re not even sure where to start looking. Meanwhile, the thought of never seeing your family again causes a paralyzing queasiness in the pit of your stomach.
Death Orb is full of visceral images that shook my soul more than I care to admit. It’s as if Alejandro Aragon (art), and Chris O’Halloran (colors) drew inspiration from my worst nightmare.
Death Orb #1: Final Thoughts
When you’re creating a miniseries, you don’t have the option to stretch anything out. The creative team of Death Orb #1 did a great job of packing a ton of information into this first issue without bogging it down.
There isn’t a single wasted panel in this comic. Everything flows well and it was easy to follow and become one with the story. Actually, I was so engrossed, the final panels took me by complete surprise.
Pick it up; it’s a good one!