Art by: Kristian Donaldson
Colours by: Dave Stewart
Letters by: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover by: J.P. Leon
Published by: Dark Horse
Cover Price: $3.50 (USD)
Even though the disasters that have affected the world of The Massive are vast and varied and despite the multiple groups all vying for different things in the new world, this comic is a little bit sterile.
The story switches between the present, as Callum and crew of the Kapital try to avoid pirates, find Mary and find their sister ship the massive; flashbacks to time spent in Hong Kong; and narration of various disasters that befell Earth. None of these sequences are poorly written, but I don’t feel any real attachment to either the characters or the events.
I’m sure Brian Wood has researched extensively on the possible of outcomes of environmental and economic crashes and there is a level of detail that makes the story believable. The problem is that it is taking up page space that could be used to develop characters. There is bonus content at the back of the issue that is good getting to know some of the crew some more, but I’d like more of this in the actual story content.
I don’t have any complaints about the art team though. There is no faulting Donaldson and Stewart, with both the sparse foggy ocean moments and the intricate and grimy ports of Hong Kong looking fantastic.
The Massive is a slow paced and detailed comic. There is nothing wrong with this as such, but the characters are not currently engaging enough to support all the detail. When the characters become more prominent, I think I will enjoy this series more, but for now it is not overly interesting.