VS #1 Review

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Posted February 7, 2018 by Kyle Simcox in Comic Books

Written By: Ivan Brandon

Art By: Esad Ribic

Published By: Image Comics

In the future we forget about football, baseball, and all of those other sissy sports. Instead, we go to war, and anyone with a television gets a front row ticket in VS #1.

Image Comics is turning war into a spectator sport with VS as privately funded wars are fought for the entertainment of others and soldiers are the superstars of the small screen. Satta Flynn is one of the most notable and famous soldiers on the scene. However, Flynn’s life is constantly in front of the camera. From the moments he’s on the battlefield to the time he’s in civilian clothes, the camera is there, and it seems he just passed his prime.

VS handles the sport of war the same way we do in every day life: War stops for commercials, and the soldiers are penalized for going too far. It’s a really great concept that constantly reminds me its all being televised with little informative pop ups like you’re watching ESPN. Satta is hospitalized and his doctor takes the time out of his check up by telling Satta he can describe how he feels after a commercial break. This shows just how intrusive Satta’s celebrity status is. His life is filled with sponsored advertisements down to the type of soda he’s drinking. On the battlefield, commentators narrate his every move and his enemies do their best to research his tactics.

What you see on the cover is what you get on the inside. VS is 32 pages of wonderfully gorgeous artwork. The facial features are exceptionally detailed, and the action is spectacular. Even though you’re reading a comic book, the team did a wonderful job at making it feel like a television show. Penalties, health bars, and various icons will appear on a panel to show a soldier’s status and offer other information during the action. Outside of the dark and depressing war zones, we get a small but detailed tour through the sci-fi city Satta calls his home with it’s towering monolithic structures and beautiful hue’s of blues, greens, and purples.

War being turned into a spectator isn’t exactly a new concept, but VS handles it in an incredibly interesting way. While it is a little jarring when the book transitions you from Satta’s civilian life to the warzone, it does make it feel more like a television show than a comic book. If you’re looking for a beautifully, bloody good time and a new comic to add to your collection, don’t miss out on VS.

VS #1

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Final Score


9.0/10

Pros

  • Wonderful take on the concept.
  • Panels read like War on ESPN.
  • Beautifully detailed art.

Cons

  • Some jarring transition between panel.



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Kyle Simcox