This is an entry point review. Having never read anything of A Distant Soil before I have to say that I am thoroughly confused, but impressed.
The official description from Image:
15-year-old Liana now sits on the throne of the Avatar, a living weapon of mass destruction, the most powerful psionic in the universe. And she’s pointed directly at Earth.
Back after a six-year hiatus, the final chapter of the critically acclaimed space opera series begins in a bi-monthly release from Image/Shadowline.
The art by Colleen Doran is phenomenally detailed. I would love to see this comic colored. However, the amount of work that would be entailed into coloring a comic with this much going on, would be immense. Despite what looks like a highly convoluted scene, the artist easily defines characters and the staging of the characters. The first thing I did notice about the comic however was that the woman on the cover page is wearing the most clothing that I’ve ever seen on a female comic book character. Not that that is a bad thing, I was just shocked. Hell, a pair of pants would be shocking at this point!
The writing also done by Colleen Doran does its share of work in the comic. There is a lot of dramatics happening all at once, and the dialogue easily gets the facts and emotions across. Without knowing anything about what was happening in this, I’m assuming, pivotal scene, it was easy to follow.
A Distant Soil #39 gets a three out of five from me. I don’t know what’s happening, but I know that I like it so far. I long for a little color however and I can’t accurately judge the comic without doing a little back reading. I look forward to more!