Dead Space #4

Dead Space #4 Cover

Jun 2008 | Image

Writing: Anthony Johnston
Art: Ben Templesmith
Letters: Rus Wooton

The marker is being shuttled to the Ishimura and the planetcrack is on shedule. Things go even more sour once the planet is cracked.

The last page will be engraved in my mind forever. That wonderful monster hovering behind the colony manager as the truth of the marker is revealed makes me feel all warm in my chest. That’s the only real moment I had through this entire issue. It seems like I waited for that one image for a long time. Everything else didn’t matter to the point where reading felt like a chore. I just wanted the art to direct me without the burden of words.

I dont’t know what else to say. I’m too anxious to see the chaos and carnage that is to follow. I just want to move on. This is great movie material.

Dead Space #3

Dead Space #3 Cover

May 2008 | Image

Writing: Anthony Johnston
Art: Ben Templesmith
Letters: Rus Wooton

More insanity ensues with the Marker recovered and the death toll grows.

Yes! The Marker has finally been recovered and all sorts of crazy things are happening. Mass suicide, more crazies, and the first glimpse of a horrible- this wonderful, organic mass covering a vent. Things should only get better from here.

I enjoyed this issue the most, so far, likely because things are finally hitting the fan and people are busting out with the crazies. At this point I’m more interested in seeing the monsters than the story. With most monster movies, I don’t particularly care how or why the monster exists, just how it kills and despite wanting to reach this moment for so long, I am starting to feel the emptiness of knowing it will all be over soon.

There isn’t much for me to say about this issue beyond my happiness we’ve reached the start of the end. The story has been consistently decent and the art a joy to view. There isn’t too much of a wow factor for me. I would have liked to have read this before playing through the game. It likely would have had a stronger impact on me. A good moment was a conversation between Bram and Cortez at the square where a group of Unitologists had gathered. The conversation regarded them waiting to hear the voice of God.

I thought this was supposed to be a rational scientific religion. Whatever happened to that?

I enjoy fanatical religious crazies, especially in horror. They are either wonderfully bonkers or creepy as all Hell and this whole religious side to the Marker is a nice touch. I love the Lovecraftian madness.

Dead Space #2

Dead Space #2 Cover

Apr 2008 | Image

Writing: Anthony Johnston
Art: Ben Templesmith
Letters: Rus Wooton

The crazies escalate and casualties increase over the artifact. While it is obvious it is all the doing of the strange symbol covered rock, the big man is unwilling to listen to reason.

Tom, Natalia, Neuwmann and the Commander seem to be the only ones not obsessed with that thing. I know it doesn’t end well, but I still can’t help rooting for them, which is not like me. I don’t like happy endings in my horror. I also get very aggravated with stuff like this, when people are too blind to see the real source of their problems.

Some people get the colony crazies, and suddenly it’s because we found a rock?

Those bastards deserve what’s coming to them and I look forward to seeing it. But, damn, this issue went by way to quickly. We’re starting to get into the meat of this conflict and this Unitology stuff is pretty whacked and creepy. When the pilgrims gathered at the site to pray, and the hallucinations people are experiencing. Reminds me of Tommyknockers, in a way.

I enjoyed this issue. The descent into madness is going at a nice pace and I’m wondering just what everyone plans to do with the artifact. Hopefully the four remaining issues will be enough for me.

Dead Space #1

Dead Space #1 Cover

Mar 2008 | Image

Writing: Anthony Johnston
Art: Ben Templesmith
Letters: Rus Wooton

The Aegis VII colony discovered an unusual object at a dig site. Unitologists believe it to be a marker and several colonists have been suffering insomnia and ‘bad thoughts’. Hanford Carthusia just got orders to safeguard it at all costs until the arrival of the Ishimura.

Dead Space happens to be one of my favorite games. When I caught wind I’d be able to enjoy it in comic form, I felt ecstatic and finally I’ve gotten around to delving into this 6 issue gem. The cover would have old me, regardless.

Our story begins with a transmission from a grim security officer warns the danger of coming here and the only course of action involves nuking the colony. Then the story goes back to address the finding of the marker and the events that led up to the massive disaster before the arrival of the Ishimura.

At first, it felt a little jumpy. Lots of short segments of events happening all over the colony and at the dig site. However, there is cohesion. Despite knowing the outcome of the game, the mystery of how and why are being presented really well to the extent I wish I were watching the movie. The stage is set and the ball is already starting to bounce down the spiral of disaster. It seems pretty clear to me once that ball gets rolling, things will be moving pretty quickly. Already, people are suffering the mental effects. I can’t wait to see the fallout. More-so, I’m really interested in the politics and Unitology.

“But in case you hadn’t noticed, we already conquered Heaven, and guess what? God wasn’t home!”

“Your God, perhaps. Our God is very much in residence.”

Ben Templesmith was an excellent choice of artist. There is a dark and bleak beauty to his art that matches up perfectly with the game. I really couldn’t picture it any other way. His name attached to this book meant I’d never be disappointed by all the wonderful violence and horribles. His art was perfect with 30 Days of Night. I really hope to see some horrible thing in the next issue. I have such a soft spot for horrible things.

Overall, this was a great beginning and I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

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