Satellite Falling #1 Review

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Posted May 11, 2016 by Adeem Khan in Comic Books

Written by: Steve Horton

Art by: Stephen Thompson

Publisher: IDW Publishing

“If you’re hearing this, I’m most likely dead.”

So starts the adventure of Lily the space cab driver/bounty hunter in the beautifully drawn world of Satellite Falling. While the above quote was a joke, by the end of this issue you will be left hoping that it wasn’t and the character of Lily does indeed die, leaving someone much more interesting to take her place. Steve Horton’s tale of the lone human in one of the most alien locations in the universe is beautiful, but marred by stilted dialogue, a boring main character and a clichéd story.

The world of Satellite Falling is instantly immersive. The art is gorgeous and hooks you right into the gritty, colorful, and strange location called Satellite. The various alien species are unique and stand out, and the main character herself has a badass look to her (Seemingly inspired by Ryan Goslings look in Drive). Sadly, after the first few pages, which serve as a quick tour of Satellite, the comic goes downhill.

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In the first few pages, Lily seems like a strong, silent, serious protagonist. It immediately reminded me of the movie Drive. However, after the opening scene, she seems more like a wise cracking Marvel superhero instead. I found the initial portrayal of a hero tortured by the death of her loved one and her dedication to her job to be more compelling. Further hurting her character is the second scene in the book when Lily is blackmailed to do a job and uses the “since you will hurt the people i care about, i agree” trope. But what’s worse is that we don’t even know who these people she cares about are, which makes how quickly she accepts being blackmailed even more out of place.

After crafting such a unique world, Horton quickly ruins its potential by a clichéd plot. A dangerous drug is about to hit the street and it’s up to Lily the bounty hunter to stop it. The worst offender is the last scene of the book where you will be calling what’s going to happen in the next page before you even turn it.

Overall, I still think there’s great potential in this story. As boring as I found the character of Lily, there’s still a lot about her that we don’t know, and there’s still a chance to make her an interesting character. It would have been better for the book if it focused more on establishing the main character in this first issue, rather than diving headfirst into it’s clichéd plot.


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