Parallel dimensions, fringe science, and unsightly creatures come together in Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman’s “Station to Station” one shot. A rapid fire story and a desperate protagonist make for an engaging read that you’ll wish was an ongoing series.
All too often do overenthusiastic scientists make a door to an alternate dimension when they meant to make a window. Of course all kinds of nasty creatures find their way through. Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman take this idea in stride. The result is a story that moves with incredible pace, and a casual approach to creatures from alternate dimensions. It’s fun, original, and awesome on the eyes.
The first page reads “Disaster in San Francisco Bay.” It tells you everything about the volatile science we’re dealing with here. The protagonist Tim, wakes in a pile of rubble. Shaken, disoriented, and surprisingly energetic he bounds to his feet, totally concerned about his lab more than anything. The story kicks into high gear immediately as the rubble of the lab gives birth to all sorts of creatures.
Tim is saved and pulled into the aftermath of what he has done. Here Bechko and Hardman channel the best elements of sci fi doomsday and creature feature films, the threat is giant and the odds are nearly insurmountable. Yet, the strongest element of the story remains Tim’s dedication to what he’s done. In the midst of all this insanity, Tim has an unwavering dedication to his science. Which clearly is the root and solution to his problems.
The convergence of multiple realities creates unfathomable creatures who destroy the San Fancisco bay area, and they are brought to life magnificently by Hardman’s art. The entire book feels ripped from the pages of pulp books of old. The dynamic action on display along with the gritty lines and detail make for an artistic style that doesn’t let up.
Hardman achieves massive scale with relative ease. The large scientific machines dwarf the humans that stand next to them. In turn the multidimensional abominations dwarf the helicopters that come to destroy them. It feels epic in all the right ways, and is brought together by incredible attention to character detail. The sullen face of Tim on page 17, sells the moment of his revelation without words.
One shots are a hard to grade due to the enclosed nature of their stories. Yet, Station to Station benefits from having breakneck pacing. The story fires on all cylinders. Hardman’s choice of paneling allows the story to capture all of the right moments, without focusing on the less interesting ones. As a result you’ll be reading this one shot hoping for more from the team. With an ongoing series used to explore the ideas on display here Bechko and Hardman could have a real winner on their hands. I cannot wait to see what the team brings us next.