Advance Review: ‘The Massive’ #1

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Brian Wood’s work has consistently made him a critical darling, but for some reason his book have never lit up the sales charts. Since Wood broke onto the scene, he’s always had a firm commitment to working on his creator-owned books like “DMZ” or “Northalnders” rather than writing “Superman” or “Spiderman”, which meant he’s never had the chance to rise to superstar status like a Bendis, Morrison, or Snyder. After a lengthy exclusive contract with DC Comics, Wood is now free to sow his wild oats with the rest of the industry. The Massive #1 is another prime example of his ability to rank up there with the best of them.

WRITTEN BY: Brian Wood
ART BY: Kristian Donaldson
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: June 13

DC’s loss is Dark Horse’s gain, as the company immediately offered Wood a platform to launch his new creator owned ongoing, “The Massive” with artist Kristian Donaldson. The book takes place in a world where global warming and climate change has sent the planet spiraling into apocalyptic chaos. With the entire planet under siege from environmental disasters, a small group of activists set out to figure out what went wrong, and how can they alter the course of their grim future, while searching for their lost sister ship “The Massive”.

Wood once again steals the show with a politically conscious premise, razor sharp dialogue, and an emotional punch to the stomach as he reveals how the planet has been ravaged. Kristian Donaldson’s artwork is a perfect match for Wood’s grim environment. His style is smooth and simplistic rather than hyper detailed. Donaldson’s attention to detail gives readers some glorious life-like shots of the ships on the open seas that really encompass the title of the book.

“The Massive” #1 does everything a great first issue should; it introduces engaging characters, intriguing subplots, and it leaves you anxiously awaiting the next issue. While it may be a bit preemptive, “The Massive” is already shaping up to be one of the best new series of 2012 and we can only pray that this book finds an audience. With Wood’s proven track record for long form storytelling and Donaldson’s breathtaking artwork, this book should be mandatory on everyone’s pull list.

Reviewed by- Big J