The official description from Dark Horse:
Nukes are sent out to destroy the Vitro satellite. Will our heroes make it back to Earth in time?
This issue definitely has a sense of escalation. Pariah #4 charges head first into the political conflicts and, combined with a planet throwing nuclear missiles around in a giant game of battleship, likes to think big but keep it all very real. From start to finish, Pariah #4 is a joy to read. Some might not like this style of story but it plays to the large audience who are.
Both Aron Warner and Philip Gelatt have a flair for storytelling. The threat is always very real, but never focused on entirely – the thrilling action comes from a sense of danger, not from bloodshed or explosions. This makes the title much more engaging from start to finish, due to a threat – but never a promise – of danger. That said, it’s only issue 4 so the chance of the satellite blowing up – effectively destroying all the protagonists – was never really a possibility.
Visually, Bret Weldele sticks to his guns. The art is a little sketchy and loose but it nonetheless plays well and Pariah #4 has a decent layout with large, clear panels. Weldele’s choice of color also works well. While there is a little too much blue and orange, the choice of dark backgrounds and bright lights/flares suggests the cramped environment of the satellites and works well with the tense atmosphere of the issue.
All in all, Pariah #4 could very well mark a step up for a series that continues to go from strength to strength. It it keeps it up, Pariah could be one of the best examples of hard science fiction in today’s comics.