Published on March 29th, 2016 |
by Kevin Given
Review: Independence Day #1 (take #2)
I remember the first Independence Day film as being an ok cinema experience. The special effects and action were good. The performances, including Will Smith’s first starring role in a feature film, as being fine. The direction and pacing were good.
However, the script was rife with every sci-fi cliché that graced the silver screen, but that wasn’t really bad because sci-fi fans hadn’t had a decent film in a few years and ID4 kinda gave the genre a much needed shot in the arm. The film did good box office and that lead to a couple more decent sci-fi offerings. But what can you do with a sequel?
Titan comics has taken on the chore of adapting the ID4 experience into comic book format and, so far so good. Issue one begins with a profile of one of the main characters Captain Joshua Adams, including a picture of actor William Edward Fichtner Jr, and then picks up where the first film left off and a new alien ship has been discovered…underwater.
Captain Adams and his crew board a nuclear submarine in nasty weather and they descend to the ocean floor. The captain of the submarine lets Adam’s know in no uncertain terms that even though he’s in charge of the mission that it’s her Submarine and she is ultimately in charge. Adams responds that he’s not in charge of the mission, he’s just a military liaison. Meet Dr. Jessica Morgan from the President’s advisory council on science and technology. She’s in charge.
Morgan and the military let the Submarine captain know that theirs is a need to know basis only. What little information they give is that one of the alien ships has disappeared under water, only this one seems to be different from the rest. The crew goes through a rough descent before finally reaching the ocean floor.
Victor Gischler’s story sets us up for discovering something new about the aliens in the next issue. He gives us characters both new and old and infuses them with convincing goals and characterizations. The military characters are determined to get to the bottom of what’s going on with the missing alien vessel while the Submarine crew are a bit wary of their new companions, not knowing whether or not to trust them.
Steve Scott’s art is in fine form here as he brings us into the deep blue Atlantic Ocean with style. The characters we know are drawn to resemble the actors who have played them. We get the feeling of claustrophobia and constraint as the characters are locked into the tin can of a submarine which will take them on their journey. A good set up for what could be a great expectation. ***