Alterna Comics brings us into the far reaches of outer space with ‘Exilium,’ a graphic novel written by Ben Slabak with art by Salo Farias, Marc Sintes, and HdE.
Deep in the future, Earth was visited by aliens who were seeking refuge from those wishing to annihilate them. Many humans hated them and left to form a colony called Exilium in the outer reaches of space. Years later, the same faceless that had attacked the aliens have come to Earth and are close to destroying all life on the planet. In a moment of desperation, human pilots Nia and Ken, along with their alien companion Tr’u embark on a journey to Exilium to bring back reinforcements to Earth and save humanity.
Originally published as a six-issue miniseries, I found this to be next-level science fiction. The plot moves along nicely and though I found there were a lot of characters to keep up with, it did not slow down the story or bog it down. I also liked the banter between the aliens and the humans as they battle to save the Earth. The conversations did not bore you with philosophical meanderings but engaged you with catchy dialogue and meaningful conversations.
I also enjoyed the artwork. It is top-notch and showed a great deal of talent. I especially want to shout out the cover of issue five. While they all showed a great deal of skill, that one was my favorite.
This was my first science fiction read from Alterna Comics and I definitely found it top-tier comparable with other great one-shot sci-fi comic books and graphic novels.
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