This had an engaging premise, very good banter, extensive action, an interesting world, and decent, (though sketchy), artwork.
Our hero Mike has been sent to a lost and forgotten off-Earth colony to see what's up. It's gone all "1984" and Mike hooks up with Grace, a resistance fighter with crazy skilz. They meet cute during their torture and escape in a barrage of bullets and wisecracks. They run around for a while with cutrate Gestapo types chasing them. Safe haven; escape sort of; get ready to return for round two.
The plot made reasonable sense. The action was over the top, in that apparently neither Mike nor Grace can be shot, dropped from great heights, or blowed up with any lasting consequences. But I didn't really care about that because if they die in Issue 1 then the story really loses a lot.
It's a quick fun read with smart writing and a bit of stretched out chase/action padding. The drawing is intentionally a bit angular and old school, but that fit well with the gloomy and crappy Earth colony vibe, so I went with it. A happy find.
(Please note that I had a chance to read a free ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
“Cemetery Beach” is a seven-issue story which appears to be one of those Mark Millar-type ones that are just a blatant pitch for a film production, with non-stop action, the barest of plots, but at least with very entertaining dialogue.
The art is too cartoony for my liking, but I suppose the Independent publishers have to go with what they can afford.
If you like non-stop action (there are no chapter-breaks, and you only know it was seven issues because there were seven issue-covers in the back – one day someone is going to put fake covers in there just to see what happens) then this is literally non-stop action, though it is well-enough written to keep you interested, and to also show the main characters picking up new weapons as they go.
I know that we all expect something more thoughtful than this from Warren Ellis, BUT, you don’t just dash off a seven-issue chase story without having to choreograph it very carefully, and he is a professional writer, so he has to make a living, and if a film option comes along, it is literally his job to take it.
I knew of the creator because of Trees, a series I followed but dropped because of the lack of a strong central character/s to relate to. This is a more simplistic shoot em up affair , worthy of 4 stars as it was entertaining, but not all that impressive as it lacked depth and the characters were cliched and lacked development.