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Sonata #1 | Image Comics | A Review

Sonata #1 Cover
Sonata #1 Cover from Image Comics

Sonata #1
Story: David Hine and Brian Haberlin
Art: Brian Haberlin
Colors: Geirrod Van Dyke
Letters: Francis Takenaga
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: June 12, 2019

Sonata #1 follows the story of Sonata and her people, the Ran.

They live on the planet Perdita; a world they chose to colonize after their previous planet had become nearly unlivable.

And while they have made friends of the Lumani, the Tayans are another matter altogether.

Here’s the problem: the Lumani discovered that the Tayans are diverting water from the river Petros—the only source of water—keeping it all for themselves.

Sensing an opportunity for a compromise, the Ran send a delegation to the Tayan settlement hopeful of an agreement that ensures everyone gets their fair share. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go the way they hoped.

Strong Characters in an Intense Situation

David Hine and Brian Haberlin do a great job of introducing the main characters and immediately draw us into an intense situation.

Sonata #1 is a study in fear of the unknown and mistrust that occurs as a result.

Even though we don’t get to know the eponymous character too much in the debut issue, you’re easily drawn to her. In fact, Sonata is confidence personified and always willing to do whatever needs doing. Even if—or one gets the impression, especially if— it irks her father.

Visually Stunning

In addition to writing, Haberlin took on the pencils. And his linework is strong.

Sonata showcases such an appealing mix of styles and textures. Consequently, I can confidently say that you will go through this debut issue multiple times. Combined with the colors of Geirrod Van Dyke, each panel has a photographic quality.

To be sure, Perdita is visually stunning and based on those visuals alone this issue is worth the price.

Final Thoughts: Sonata #1

Readers, if you like a great story with great visuals, Sonata #1 is a series you need to give a chance.

Friends, you won’t be disappointed.


Sonata #1 will be available at your local comic book store June 12, 2019.

Pulp Nation received a free copy of this comic from Image Comics for review.

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