MARKSMEN #1 (Cover Date: August 2011)
Story by: David Baxter and Dave Elliot
Art by: Javier Aranda & Garry Leach
Colours: Jessica Kholinne
Cover by: Tomm Coker
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $1.00
Book Summery: Sixty years ago the oil ran out and debts were called in. Civil war followed that splintered America into warring fiefdoms. New San Diego is a technocratic utopia that offers the last bastion of peace and prosperity, provided you live within its walls. Drake McCoy is its best protector. McCoy, an expert marksman, defends the city from the numerous threats in the wasteland outside the walls. But when the oil rich Lone Star state sends a powerful army to steal New San Diego’s energy technology, even Drake’s leadership and skill may not be enough to fend off the siege.
Image, I feel, really hit a home run when it came to trying to get the first issue into the hands of as many readers as possible. The price of just one buck for an issue that comes in at 32 pages is a great way to ensure that readers have absolutely no excuse for not picking up at least the first issue.
The plot of the first issue is one that mixes nicely together elements of a western and a post apocalyptic future to give us the foundation of the story. The story is based around a future that is really only a couple decades away for us in reality. The world’s oil supply has run dry and has caused a civil war in the United States that has decimated the once great super power. On the west coast New San Diego is a thriving state that has a huge reliability on technology. Not too far away, The Lone Star State has remained a user of what little oil is left but they have inevitably come to the limits of that usage, so hit on the idea of raiding NSD in an attempt to procure some the tech that has allowed NSD to thrive.
While this story is unfolding, Baxter and Elliot sew a fascinating story around the premise that makes the book a must read. I like stories set around the post apocalyptic future scenario but they can all too easily fall apart by not having anything relatable in the story. In this case by having the story revolve around a very real outcome to a near future event, it makes the book a cool peek at what may come.
Javier Aranda and Garry Leach provide some exceptional images. The high shots of San Diego post war care so real and visceral, they could almost be real. The use of real locations makes the book all the more real, like the use of the San Diego Convention centre as a military headquarters was shown in a very detailed panel was so cool. The books look was so beneficial to the overall quality of the book that it wouldn’t have been the same book without the strong visuals that were here.
This book is off to a strong start with both the price of the book and then with the quality of the material within. When this book goes on sale on the 20th, there is no reason at all for you to not to read it. Fans of sci-fi and action or just fans of good looking books need look no further than Marksmen #1.
Story: Overall 4/5
Art: Overall 4/5