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Trapped on a planet millions of light years away from Earth, five scientists must survive sub-zero temperatures and horrific alien creatures as they make their way across the dead, frozen landscape to their base in this action-packed graphic novel. It is the age of space exploration, and five scientists travel 80 million light years from home to study the planet of SiberiaTrapped on a planet millions of light years away from Earth, five scientists must survive sub-zero temperatures and horrific alien creatures as they make their way across the dead, frozen landscape to their base in this action-packed graphic novel. It is the age of space exploration, and five scientists travel 80 million light years from home to study the planet of Siberia, the location of Earth’s 56th colony. Completely covered with dense snow and steep mountains, Siberia’s poles reach temperatures of -300° F with icy winds of close to 200 mph.After their shuttle crashes, the surviving scientists must walk across hundreds of miles of frozen wasteland to find the terrain basecamp. Between the biting cold, devastating snow storms, and horrific alien creatures, their chances of survival are close to absolute zero. In Siberia 56, author Christophe Bec imagines a hostile and fascinating world that harkens to the very best of the science fiction and horror genres. Superbly illustrated by Alexis Sentenac, this stunning work offers a chilling tale of survival in the vast recesses of a dying planet....

Title : Siberia 56
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ISBN : 9781608878611
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 156 Pages
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Siberia 56 Reviews

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    2019-05-04 20:10

    Siberia 56 by Christophe Bec, Alexis Sentenac (Illustrations) has volume 1-3 in it and I received this from NetGalley, thanks NetGalley. If the story was as wonderful as the cover, well it would have been a 5 star book for sure, what an awesome cover! The art inside was also great. The story was a bit predictable but enjoyable. Harsh planet with predatory alien life. Having to walk 150 miles in harsh elements to get to a base with predator beings watching them. An Aliens-type feel to it. Characters developed enough to give an idea of their personalities, which is more than most graphic novels. I enjoyed it, I'm sure the cool pics will look better than they do on my Kindle since the ARC copy has small pics but even those look great.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-05-16 23:05

    Stunning art and a fascinating story!As a big sci-fi fan did I truly enjoy reading this graphic novel. I did get Prometheus vibe now and then while I read it. Which was only nice since I liked the movie. The Siberia is Earth’s 56th colony and the volume includes three stories which are all connected with each other. I did think that the first story was the best with the shuttle crashing on the planet and the surviving members having to trek over the plane to safety. A trek through a frozen world with dangerous alien creatures. The next two stories both show past expeditions and the continuation the storyline in the first story. Siberia 56 is really great and will without a doubt appeal to sci-fi fans! I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

  • Nek0 Neha (BiblioNyan)
    2019-05-05 23:25

    Siberia 56 is a graphic novel about a small group of scientists that get stranded on a planet with sub-zero temperatures. The crew was supposed to land at a designated research base, but due to malfunctions in their ship, they crash-land approximately 150 miles from their destination. They begin a journey to cross frozen landscapes so they can make it to the base. But the wild and unfamiliar territory of this planet has dangers that they couldn’t begin to imagine.The very first thing that popped out at me with this comic were the panels. They are arranged in an extremely organised, linear, and perpendicular fashion. As a person who struggles with OCD, I found this to be wonderfully pleasing, aesthetically. The set-up makes it easier to read the dialogue and on-goings than the traditional panels that seem to be placed randomly as needed to compliment the story and illustrations in a regular comic book. The illustrations themselves were laudatory to the scenery of the world’s frozen atmosphere. There’s a whole lot of ice and snow everywhere, which gives the whole setting a simple appearance. It’s actually very pretty to see cliffs and caves with hints of whites, blues and greys as a group of individuals trek through the terrain. The significant size of the crags that envelop the cast really put into perspective just how grand the surroundings are. The artwork itself isn’t crisp or precise, but this semi-blurry disposition works rather well for Siberia 56, mostly due to the snow-storm that’s taking place. This imperfect visage helps the reader to gauge just how unaccommodating the climate can be.When it comes to the storytelling, it falls excruciatingly flat. After the first few pages, my attention span began to wander restlessly. With such appealing artwork and an interesting concept, this should not be happening. But it did. I found myself to be terribly bored out of my mind. I believe that a large part of my indifference, and overall disinterest, was due in part to the ragged pacing. The very beginning of the comic is quite hasty, which came off confusing. One moment the scientists are crawling out of their chambers post-hyper-speed travel, and then the next the ship is malfunctioning and they’ve crash-landed. The narration doesn’t really explain what’s going on until after they’ve arrived onto the planet. Once everyone is on location, we see them begin their journey on Day 1, which is somewhat detailed in execution. But as they progress, we jump from Day 6 to Day 7 or 8 so quickly that when you arrive at Day 11, you feel as if you missed something big, even though nothing big has really occurred yet. However, the progression makes a huge turnaround about thirty pages in. Everything slows down so awfully that it’s a literal struggle to maintain any sort of care as to what the bloody hell’s going on. The characters themselves are also a humdrum lot. With the narrative being so rumpled, we don’t get a chance to formulate any sort of connections, or emotions, towards them. They’re just four or five individuals, trudging through snow and ice to get to some base for research. What’s worse is that they weren’t even introduced properly, or at all. So, when they speak to one another, using their names, it’s hard to differentiate who is who. The dialogue itself is brutally bromidic. I feel like it tries to be comical, but all the jokes and lines used are simply too dull and overused to elicit that effect. Like I mentioned earlier, Siberia 56 has a very interesting concept to it that would have been far more successful with a refined story and fleshed out characters. As it stands, however, it’s an unpleasantly disappointing experience. 1.5 spiders outta 5!

  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    2019-05-21 01:56

    Review for Volumes 1 to 3.The story started with our space travellers waking up from (cryogenic?) sleep and puking their guts out--I felt a strong Alien vibe. They crash land on their destined planet and start a hike for survival through a stark, frozen landscape. The artwork is almost monochrome, except for rare scenes of sunsets over the barren scenery. Colour is used sparingly. The best parts of this comic are the landscapes.I especially liked the cover, it's like Dune on ice, instead of sandworms we get ice snakes.The beginning of Volume 2 was a surprise in terms of timeline. Hadn't expected that. I liked the plot more than Volume 1, it had more tension. Volume 3 went off into another direction again. The pacing was generally a little uneven and I was missing a bit of a red thread throughout the whole thing (#1-3), there wasn't a consistent plot idea connecting the volumes.A pretty wordy comic. And considering that, the world building could have done with some work. The supporting characters besides Ned all stayed flat. Only two of the main side kicks even had names (that I remembered) and for one of those her look kept changing, so I was never quite sure, what character I was looking at. Some of the panels were difficult to decipher. I had to look at most of the action sequences several times to figure out the plot. I often wasn't sure what was going on. The SF elements didn't sound very scientific and none of the main plot points were resolved.The main monster was a disappointment, as invisible. It would have been a nice touch to show it in all of its goriness at least once towards the end.So, bottom line... It was ok. I liked the artwork, the story telling was not a win. Would I read the next volume? Yes, maybe, as Volume 3 left me hanging with an open ending. Would I recommend this to a friend? Perhaps, with the caveat that the story did not win me over and needs some work.I received this free e-copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

  • Steve
    2019-05-01 20:25

    I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm a sucker for space exploration stories, especially the kind that provide no way out for the explorers, as much and as long as they try to survive everything a new world throws at them. I think it's not necessarily the unknown dangers they face so far from home, but the reactions and the interaction between the characters as they face something so far outside of the imagination. Siberia 56 hits nearly all of the necessary points for me, and it was very nearly 5 stars. Deadly invisible monsters, deadly visible monsters, crooked leadership, and an extremely hostile environment made this quite enjoyable, and quite tense. The artwork played well into this, too,as it captured the harsh bleakness of the planet. I'll definitely be looking for the next volume!

  • Heena Rathore P.
    2019-05-20 20:19

    The concept was pretty awesome and the graphics were really impressive too, but after the first 20 pages, the story started to feel uninteresting, flat and even predictable. At times it also felt like a slog as I did not like the main character at all.Overall, the concept was really, really good and I was genuinely looking forward to reading this book as it had some pretty good theme going on, but unfortunately the characterization and the pacing and tension of the story ruined it.I had problems with some of the dialogues too, but that's okay given that the ebook is a translated edition.I wish this book had a dynamic cast of characters and that at least the main character was likable, as it would have been a really strong read then. But alas, it was what it was.

  • Chad
    2019-05-18 22:23

    An interesting sci-fi tale taking place on Siberia 56. A team of scientists are trying to tame this frozen tundra of a world filled with dangerous creatures. Great art and compelling stories.Received an advance copy from Insight and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Marjolein
    2019-05-11 17:59

    3.5 StarsFull review to come!

  • Nadine
    2019-05-21 01:21

    Siberia 56's basic story is my weakness when it comes to science fiction. A team of scientist is dispatched to a new planet to explore and collect as much data as possible. To start off, the illustrations and coloring set the tone of the story. They are dark and ominous, which creates an unsettling feeling while reading. The illustrations reminded me Dark Horse's Alien comics. The story is intriguing; however the edition I received to review made it almost impossible to understand who was talking and what was going on. The dialogue is overwritten and didn't sound as professional and scientific. Thereby making the story and characters loose their credibility. Why is it that in all science fiction stories, whether they are comics or film, does the female character always end up in a white tank top and underwear? You mean to tell me that in the future there are only white tank tops available to wear underneath space suits? Overall, Siberia 56 is an entertaining story. It kept me entertained, but didn’t offer anything new or exciting to the genre. If you enjoy science fiction stories with a dash of horror then you'll most likely enjoy Siberia 56.

  • Ran
    2019-05-25 18:07

    Scientists land on a planet that they're investigating for colonization. Surprise, surprise, it's not a welcoming planet, especially if it's perpetually frigid and named Siberia 56. Plus, there are some ancient aliens shenanigans going on. I'm so disappointed there weren't any thresher maws in this graphic novel. The cover advertises a icy giant thresher maw, and instead gives us an invisible threat called a Mobius and giant icy worms called silhurs. (view spoiler)[Not to mention the scientist crew is mostly dead by the end of the first chapter - and the most uninteresting character named Ned somehow survives. (hide spoiler)]This story really fails to invest in its characters. It took me three nights to just work up enough energy to focus on the text blocks, especially because I did not give a lick about the aforementioned main character, Ned. Plus, I wanted ice thresher maws. I didn't get any. I did get an Iron Man t-shirt:Additionally, I don't like when anyone defies the laws of physics. Physics is interesting. Don't do that. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Phillip
    2019-05-05 18:21

    Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Siberia 56 is a sci-fi/horror story that takes place at a time where humanity is exploring the galaxy and finding places that could serve as potential colonies. The planet of the same name is an arctic world with some nasty creatures inhabiting it, but there is more going on than even the team studying the planet are aware of.From the tone of the story, this feels like it is in the same vein as the Alien franchise. The structure and the pacing seemed forced though. It's like the creators came up with this idea they loved and rushed to get to it. I think a slower buildup would have worked better for me. It nails the feeling that this planet is inhospitable. Yet I was left wanting more than what this book was able to deliver. The characters felt one dimensional too. There is so much about the planet and the creatures that the human characters are more of an afterthought.The art is wonderful though, particularly the landscape shots. There are numerous points where the point of view is pulled back to show off terrain with nice effect. That alone wasn't enough to carry the book though. It has some inklings of an interesting story near the end. I just didn't get enough payoff to justify getting to that point.

  • Robert
    2019-05-10 19:15

    Gorgeous art and a well told story, slight downgrade for some unnatural dialog is explained when you learn this is an English translation of a French work.

  • Alexandra Zaytseva
    2019-05-23 18:00

    Gorgeous cover + Absolute dream of sci-fi settingsI received a copy of this e-ARC from NetGalley and my first mistake was to not download the pdf version before the graphic novel got archived! Because the kindle version was very hard to read as the images were separated from the text, and that alone ruined my experience. Another thing that struck me as unappealing, was the main character and how conveniently everything was presented to him. The writer was trying to portray him as a hero, saving lives and killing these creatures, but at points it felt too forced. The story itself was definitely interesting and if I ever see this graphic novel in the bookstore I will definitely get it for myself! It is a perfect injection of sci-fi when you crave something unworldly but don’t have time to emerge into a complex and huge book.

  • Bernadett
    2019-05-08 00:09

    I received an e- copy of this from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. the 56th colony established in very small amount from Earth to the far away planet of Siberia. the Base struggles to expand its mission to explore and find inhabitable places. the atmosphere has breathable air in places such as closed off caves, has water and the ground is covered by ice such as in Siberia. The first volumes astronauts has to overcome obstacles such as rough landing, uncanny weather emitting with storms and deadly foreign creatures hunting from below.From volume 2 we got to know that the feral creatures named Morbius, and the veteran colonizers were promised that they would return to Earth, however they never made it back home safely. The colony stationing on Siberia 56 is milling their minds over the problem. I loved the way their shuttle was named ratcage.Meanwhile they discover a pyramid near the pole and plan on gathering hard data on it.The readers get a glimpse of the fate of the 2nd colonization.in Volume 3 they focus on the pyramid hoping to find more answers in the artifacts.The storms are more violent and they cause blackouts hindering the starting and the outcome of their expedition.All 3 volumes were gripping and fast to get through which is a really positive thing while reading sci fi works.the graphics were beautiful and well detailed.I can't wait for more of the serialization. I have it 4/5 stars.

  • Tabitha
    2019-04-25 22:20

    I received a copy of Siberia 56 from netgalley and Insight comics.One of my favorite genres is horror, followed by sci-fi and adventure, especially when set in outer space, deep winter, or deep water. Siberia 56 hit almost all of those as a sci-fi horror comic set on a frozen, dangerous planet in the far future. The art by Alexis Sentenac is stunning and brings gorgeous life to the alien world of Siberia. I've read a lot of French comics, mainly by Éric Corbeyran, a legendary writer responsible for some of the best French comics out there. Siberia 56 reminded me of one I read ages ago -which I believe is French?- where a team of soldiers go to a frozen alien planet to investigate a base that went silent and they all wind up infected with some alien parasite. The art style is similar but the story for that one I remember being more interesting, and I while I can't remember the title I couldn't help but thinking of it as I read Siberia 56. (If I end up remembering what it was, I'll edit this with the title.)I think I found my mind wandering because of how meandering and scattered Bec's story-telling is. Either he and his artist didn't communicate well or something went wrong with the English translation because the story feels disjointed, like a series of vignettes, rather than one cohesive narrative. This isn't due to this being a volume containing three issues either, it's a problem from page to page. At the end I felt I knew none of the characters; I can't even remember the main dude's name and I literally just finished reading this. Bec introduces concepts and ideas haphazardly and suddenly, giving the reader a whiplash of "what the hell, who are these people and what and why?!" in the third act. You're left with little to no explanation of anything... that's what kills me especially because the idea behind this comic is great! Siberia is a creepy crawly world full of mysterious giant threats and a mysterious objects left behind by mysterious aliens and yet it's all sacrificed for generic corporate military drama at the end. Frustrating and disappointing, Siberia 56 fails to live up to a fascinating potential and it's beautiful artwork can't save it. I'm just glad I got to read it for free from netgalley and didn't waste money on it. I have some of Bec's other work on my Amazon wishlist and now I'm having doubts... If you're considering whether to read Siberia 56, just remember there's better sci-fi horror out there than this.

  • Jason Brown (Toastx2)
    2019-05-03 00:57

    Siberia 56 should be a damned film project. Someone make this into a movie/TV hybrid project stat!. Take your Alien/Prometheus worlds and mix with your Pitch Black/Riddick, sprinkle in a bit of Event Horizon, Dune, and little Ghost of Mars.. That is the amalgamate feel that Siberia 56 gives. It is presented as a collection of three comic volumes: The 13th Mission, Morbius, and The PyramidSiberia 56 is a terrible planet. It is a candidate for colonization ONLY because it has an atmosphere compatible with Human life. That is close to all it has going for it. The tropic belt ranges from 14° to -40°, with consistent lightning storms, erratic knife blade mountain ranges, and hostile life forms that live under the ice. If you get closer to the poles, the temps drop to -330° with wind sheer close to 200mph.The novel opens on the 13th mission, a group of replacement pre-colonists who are dropping into the atmosphere for an eight year stint on the planet. They are eighty million light years from earth, so many of them are resigned to simply being home. Nearly a hundred years of pre-colony research has been happening and yet they still hit road blocks. In this case, multiple engine failure and a crash landing a hundred and fifty files from the HQ.While stomping through the snow on a 15 day hike to civilization, the crash survivors stumble across the frozen corpse of a Silhur, under ice razor toothed worm about the size of a Naval Destroyer. Bitten and torn apart, they are left to wonder what could possibly accomplish this action and never be seen in a century of research.They do not have to wonder for long. As they are terrorized by a beast who leaves a frozen wake of body parts, they locate several artifacts from a multi-million year old civilization who appears to have left a calling card for any who follow in their footsteps.Goddamn good.Seems like there is a trend forming where I am reading graphic novels translated from French to English. Some were English, translated to French then back to English, but I am digressing. This French graphic novel is beautifully crafted with intense images and an indepth plotline. As the volumes progress, and you are more vested in the plot, the story text becomes significantly more verbose. Christophe Bec and Alexis Sentenac have built a beautiful object here. The English translation by Ivanka Hahnenberger was precise and had I been unaware this was a translation, I would not have questioned it.---Disclosure- This Graphic Novel was provided to me for review purposes by the publisher. The publisher however does not know that I have planted subliminal thoughts into their conciousness and will be expecting them to cook me pancakes any day now. We will see who comes out on top in this trade. Had their novel been unfavorable in my viewing, I would have provided clear critique to this point, no matter how delicious the breakfast foods delicately fed to me and my wife in bed. Bring mimosa.

  • Les
    2019-05-20 18:00

    DISCLAIMER: Review copy from NetGalleyThis is a fun and fast-paced sci-fi action adventure set in the far future on a planet 80 million light-years from Earth. It's an English language omnibus edition containing three episodes which were originally published as separate volumes in French between 2014 and 2016.Sibera 56 is a desolate and freezing planet with not a lot going for it apart from a breathable atmosphere. Surveyors and scientists from Earth have been visiting it for nearly one hundred years in an effort to establish it's suitability for human settlement. If the climate isn't bad enough, Siberia is home to a number of predatory animal species which are the main features of the story, the cover art providing a clue.The story is narrated by a member of the thirteenth mission to Siberia, and along the way there are flashbacks where the foundations to the story are laid. As the pages go by the overall plot builds continuously and the seed is sown for what looks like is going to be quite a saga. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger and sets things up nicely for the story to continue.In Volume 1: The 13th Mission things kick off with the crew coming out of cold sleep and their entry shuttle experiencing major engine problems. They make a crash landing some distance from their intended destination, forcing them to undertake a ten day trek across the rugged and treacherous landscape. Think Antarctica on a really shitty day, multiply that by a factor of ten, and you're close to imagining how grim the place is. Along the way things are fraught with peril, to say the least, and we see a bit of what Siberia has to offer, including some of the local wildlife such as the aforementioned predatory species. Add in some mysterious ancient ruins that are, at this point, unexplained and you get the sense of a much larger story. What is most apparent is that there is a mysterious and elusive menace on the loose which has been the bane of efforts on Siberia since day one. It will suffice to say that the journey is not without considerable cost.Volume 2: Morbius opens with a flashback to the first explorers to land on Siberia and their efforts to build a base of operations. Again, the native animal life are a dominant factor in events and we learn more about the "mysterious and elusive menace". More is presented about the ancient artifacts on the planet and it's past history. Exploration missions are mounted to attempt to discover their secrets.The action ramps up in Volume 3: The Pyramid and it is here that we are introduced to the Second Earth Council (SEC) which oversees the colonization missions. A new threat is approaching from outer space and plans are put into place by the SEC to deal to the problems on Siberia hopefully once and for all. But certain people down on the planet see a bigger picture and have different ideas. They attempt to stop these plans from being executed. The ending is quite sudden but, like I mentioned earlier, the story looks set to continue right from where it left off.The clues given about events on Siberia prior to the human presence are tantalizing and hint at a big story that will hopefully follow.The story has only one significant character of any depth and from whose viewpoint the story is told. The others play a variety of roles but they are not really explored at all and remain distant. That is really my only complaint of the whole book, it would be nice if the characters were explored more. But there's no denying that the action and adventure part is just fine, and I guess that is what this graphic novel is mostly about. Also, I would've liked to have learned something about just how it is possible to travel those incredible distances from Earth into intergalactic space (80 million light-years). Maybe we will in further episodes.This is a good graphic novel and very easy to read with an intriguing story in which both the graphic and textual presentations flow nicely. A slight let-down was the graphics resolution of the digital review copy that I read, it was quite grainy and blurry which made it a little difficult to make out some details in the illustrations. With more definition I doubt this would be the case.4/5 for concept3.5/5 for delivery4/5 for entertainment= 3.8 out of 5

  • Mitticus
    2019-05-21 02:22

    +Digital-arc gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+2.75 frozen hopeless starsSiberia 56 is the name of the 58th colony of Earth, or maybe I have to say hope-to-be colony. For many years expeditions have struggle against a very hostil ambient trying to setle there. The story start with the last crew -the number 13- in the first volume, the replacement after eight years.Do you remember those science fiction/horror films where they send an expeditionary group to colonize or exploit a planet that is tremendously inhospitable and there are very dangeorus creatures?The idea is not very original.I had problems trying to follow some scenes , and the explanations ... ¿where they came from? I don't know, because never there is a following in the story of the 'scientific' or deductible explanations. Siberia 56 is a frozen planet, with scarped terrain, and predators. The expeditioners are still collecting scientific information about the planet. And after so many problems, you start to wonder why they are still there. And enter more typical explanations: economic.The art is ok. Remember those dark csifi movies, a bit claustrophobic indoor except in outdoors with the hostil landscapes.

  • Dave
    2019-05-18 01:25

    Beautiful hardcover, really fun read. Highly recommended if you're a fan of John Carpenter's THE THING, the DEAD SPACE game series (especially #3), and just science-fiction / horror in general. All cards on the table, I had never heard of the author (Christophe Bec) or the publisher (Insight Comics) before I picked up Siberia-56 at my local Barnes & Noble. Being that I am a huge graphic novel and comic bookworm and I consider myself very knowledgeable when it comes to this area, not knowing either, to me is pretty weird. But I read the description on the back and flipped through some of the pages, and it seemed great, so I decided to roll the dice and give it a go. The 3 chapters are like mini-movies in and of themselves, with the first being the most engaging. Although Bec isn't necessarily reinventing the wheel with the setting per day, Siberia-56 is still a super fun read. My only criticisms would be the sometimes-dull dialog and lack of character development. But neither of these make you want to put it down. You'll be finished with this book before you know it.

  • Crittermom
    2019-05-23 19:04

    If you are a fan of Ridley Scott’s classic Alien movies, you will definitely want to pick up a copy of Siberia 56. Siberia is an inhospitable world. Temperatures plummet to extremes far below zero. The atmosphere is breathable, but one breath at these temperatures will kill. If you manage to survive the cold, powerful and terrifying predators abound. The worst of which is the Morbius - huge, vicious and invisible. The entirety of the first mission to Siberia was wiped out by one.It is now the 13th mission to Siberia, and 13 is not a lucky number. The shuttle bringing new personnel crashes 150 miles from base. The terrain is beautiful but treacherous and their likelihood of survival is minimal as they must travel on foot. Only of the crew survives, but the pulse pounding terror has only begun. Humans were not the first intelligent life form to visit Siberia, but they may be the last.Siberia 56 kept me on the edge of my seat with its breathtaking visuals and action packed storyline. The Morbius is truly horrific just like the alien from the Aliens movies. Siberia 56 is a fantastic blend of science fiction and horror.5 / 5I received a copy of Siberia 56 from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.-- Crittermom

  • Michael Huen
    2019-04-26 00:05

    The art is the first thing that stood out to me. While most of the world design is fairly generic, the art is always consistently pleasing. The lush coloring in the outdoor environments depicts a beautiful and threatening landscape. I preferred the outdoor scenes a lot more just for the artistry.The writing is dull. You’d think that a sci-fi survival horror story would have way more conflict and characterization than this. There is constant conflict in the story yet the characters always manage to slip right out of danger’s path every single time. And yet, when characters do perish, it’s always off the page in a cheap and quick fashion. The technology is a constant source of convenient story telling. There are simply too many short cuts taken in the narrative. The characters aren’t really developed enough to care about. Whether in success or failure, I simply did not care.

  • Stormcrow
    2019-05-02 01:08

    This was like reading the comic book version of a cheesy B movie. What makes B movies fun, however, is that even though they don't make sense, they have fun action and cheesy dialogue. On the printed page, none of that works. Like in B movies, characters do things that make no sense. For example, they've been at this station for SIX YEARS and one day a team of scientists decide to walk out into the arctic wasteland to explore an area just outside their base that they've never been to... in six years!? And why are they walking? They have ships, they even have drones, but no, a walk into the wild where, of course, they're attacked by an invisible monster. See, the stuff of good B movies, but on what's fun on film falls flat on these pages.

  • Tony
    2019-05-22 02:07

    The art of this book is the best part. I think it is pretty difficult to draw cold, but Sentenac did an excellent job. The story is pretty straight forward. People in power are giant A-holes who are willing to do anything for their own gains regardless of the life of any one individual. After the focus of the story changed to focus on Ned and the writer allowed him to have an internal dialogue instead of everything being spoken aloud. The risk in comic writing is making characters say things aloud they would never actually say aloud. The book started with a lot of that and it was distracting. Thanks to Net Galley and Insight Comics for the ARC. I still can not believe I get books for free. Best deal ever.

  • Michael
    2019-05-15 01:12

    via NYPL - I enjoyed this one. The book collects three European albums that chronicle a group of scientists on a horrifically harsh ice planet - apparently one of the few planets with an atmosphere suited to humans, which explains why they're trying so hard to see if it can be tamed/settled. The characters aren't overly deep and the plot is fairly predictable, but the pacing is good, the action exciting, the artwork impressive, and the dramatic moments land convincingly. It's a solidly enjoyable sci-fi thriller with a good alien mystery, a striking and dangerous setting, and a workable (if not exceptional) big bad monster.

  • Chris
    2019-05-13 20:10

    I will have to go along with the crowd on this one and agree that the cover was better than the book. Amazing cover.The story while enjoyable is missing detail. Fatten the series out, or maybe think about writing a full-fledged book? The suspense is wasted on quasi-science moments, and characters that have never been explored, so the reader has no attachment. You have an amazing world here (no ice planets are not a new thing), you have the sinister council, and you have what appears to be a superior alien race...build on that!

  • Dakota Morgan
    2019-05-26 22:07

    If you're interested in a "terrible monsters attack settlers on a cruel foreign world" story, I'd recommend playing Dead Space instead of reading this collection. The story is cliched, the characters are wallpaper, and the illustrations are often washed out and confusing. I can't fully blame Sentenac for problems with the art though - having an invisible monster as the primary antagonist would seem to pose a real issue for the artist.

  • Josh
    2019-05-08 19:14

    I had a lot of hopes for this volume and found myself largely disappointed.The high point is that the art is wonderful. It's beautiful to look at and captures the world and tone of the story effectively.Unfortunately, the writing does not match the art in quality. The pacing feels off throughout this volume, rushing through important moments while lingering on things that are less important. The characters never live up to their potential. Many are killed, but I felt no emotional response to any of these deaths. Also, every strong female character is either given a side role or eliminated just as she begins to become central to the narrative.Additionally, the plot follows many of the expected beats of other sci-fi disaster and survival stories. I've seen many of these elements before and the problem here is that nothing is done to differentiate them or make them interesting in any new way. Simultaneously, the jumps from plot point to plot point are often illogical, with no real reason or explanation provided for some clearly foolish decisions.Finally, the page-to-page writing is often either melodramatic or overwritten.I feel like, with some revision, this could have been great. The art is strong and the story has real potential, but as it is, I was consistently disappointed. This is even more unfortunate because this comic has a cool premise with some exciting elements - that could have led to a great story if only they had been presented differently.

  • Mrs Mallott
    2019-05-04 18:05

    *Read via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*Enjoyable in its own right, but I felt it borrowed a bit too heavily from films like The Thing, Predator and Tremors to be 100% 5 star awesome. Nice artwork, but the storyline was a bit sci-fi cliche. However, still packed with action and suspense; enough to keep me reading right until the end.

  • Dean
    2019-05-25 02:15

    I chose this graphic novel because of the art, the story turned out to be excellent as well. Tight story with a cold inhospitable planet, small array of monster/predators (one invisible to the human eye), and a group of scientists who think they can take on nature. An excellent addition to the sci-fi horror genre with a nice dose of suspense too.

  • Honesty
    2019-05-02 19:17

    Don't judge this book by its awesome cover.