Review – Interceptor #1
Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Dylan Burnett
Publisher: Heavy Metal
Release Date: December 30, 2015
Interceptor tells the tale of Poli and Weep, two freedom fighters on a planet populated exclusively by blood-sucking vampires. A planet called Earth. From Donny Cates (Buzzkill, Ghost Fleet, and The Paybacks) and Dylan Burnett comes a neon-drenched, blood-soaked vision of vampires like you’ve never seen before! (I.E. sweet mech suits and laser swords and stuff!) Variant cover by Daniel Warren Johnson (Ghost Fleet) #SpaceSucks!
I’m really starting to love the suite of comics that Heavy Metal has been putting out. This little gem from 2015 shows Cates at his best. The comic starts a briefing for the president of the new human Homeworld of Palus. He’s getting a history lesson on why a select group left Earth. History is taught that a brave group reached for the stars and found Palus. The real facts show climate change led to hibernating vampires emerging and a small group fled to space and detonated the nuclear arsenal, leading to mutant vampires evolving.
A lone soldier, Poli, is sent to Earth with an over-engineered cadre of weapons and skills to take out the nests of vampires before they gain spaceflight and reach Palus.
The worlds in this comic is hues of pinks, neon blues, and acid greens set against the heavy blacks of the ravished Planet Earth. Dylan Burnett’s artwork reminds me of Carlos Ezquerra work on Dredd in early issues of 2000AD. His use of different panel shapes and sharp-angled drawing playing with the reader’s eyes to hype up tension. His work has a friendly sketched nature to it, humour and tone.
Just look at the forced perspective created by the image above it look so much bigger that it is on the page due to the jagged lines and shapes
It’s a bonkers, irreverent story that puts its tongue firmly in its cheek and bites down to draw some blood. Cates obviously had some fun writing this and it’s well worth a read with the amazing artwork by Burnett. I say bring on more. Four stars.
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