CAVE CARSON HAS AN INTERSTELLAR EYE #1 by Jon Rivera, Michael Avon Oeming, Nick Filardi, and Clem Robins
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Cave Carson is back and better than ever. With a gripping new story and the same incredible, iconic art, this creative team is getting ready to take the character to new heights. With a backup that's almost as rad as the comic itself, we can't wait to see what's next for Team Carson.
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A Step Beyond

Cave Carson has an all-new series and it’s (literally) out of this world! Even though there’s no Wild Dog in-sight, this series is starting off just as wild as the last with CAVE CARSON HAS AN INTERSTELLAR EYE #1. This title follows Cave and team after the events of MILK WARS, as our heroes blast off into space. You can bet there are spoilers ahead!

CAVE CARSON HAS AN INTERSTELLAR EYE #1 Has Aliens

Yes, we start out with aliens and adorable little robot butlers. Cave, his daughter Chloe, and their friend Marc bust into a well-to-do home of a famous musician named Star Adam. This guy is huge. Not just in the “very popular artist” sense, but in the very literal, “my goodness, that dude takes up a lot of space” way. He hasn’t always been this way, however, because Cave is taken aback by his size.

At this point, there are a lot of reveals. Chloe finds out she’s named after Adam’s dog, Marc explains that he’s from another dimension and isn’t exactly the person Adam knows. Yet he’s 87% the same as the previous Marc, so there’s only a small difference.

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CAVE CARSON HAS AN INTERSTELLAR EYE #1 page 3. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

After Adam flashes back to some fun, crazy times with Cave and Princess Mazra, we find out that Star Adam is indeed an extraterrestrial — a secret that Cave has kept for a long time. Adam then adds that, like his namesake, he will expand until he implodes, which will indeed kill him.

He asks the team to go on one more adventure, after which he’ll be at rest. So they set out in a pretty sweet rocket ship.

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En route, Chloe witnesses Adam fall asleep and drift away. She tells her father, who totally panics. He explains that they have to get away quickly before Adam goes off. Chloe and Marc almost don’t make it, but Cave’s trusty eye creates a portal that leads them all to safety. However, they can’t revel in victory just yet. They turn around to see that Adam is floating right into Earth, and his implosion will most definitely destroy it.

“Let’s Get a Vibe Going in Here”

CAVE CARSON HAS AN INTERSTELLAR EYE #1 is unlike any other book you’ll pick up anytime soon (the exception, of course, being CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE). It’s colorful, odd, sciencey, adventurous, and funny while also telling a delightful story about family.

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CAVE CARSON HAS AN INTERSTELLAR EYE #1 page 4. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Writer Jon Rivera has really honed in on these characters and perfected them. Even the new ones feel more real than some we met in CYBERNETIC EYE, so it’s nice to see him really settle into this world. It’s always difficult to pull people in with a first issue, but he does it successfully here.

The art team is truly bringing the unique vibe Adam asks for in this issue. Michael Avon Oeming’s style is truly unlike any I’ve ever seen. He uses curves and ovals to create an entirely new kind of book. The way he distorts heads when they’re inside space suits is truly delightful.

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CAVE CARSON HAS AN INTERSTELLAR EYE #1 page 6. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Colorist Nick Filardi and letterer Clem Robins also deserve accolades. The combinations of cool and warm tones really make this book other-worldly and trippy, which is exactly the tone that CAVE CARSON HAS AN INTERSTELLAR EYE #1 needs. The lettering is just as different and eye-catching (heh). It feels cohesive, and that’s the mark of an excellent team.

CAVE CARSON HAS AN EDUCATIONAL PODCAST

Rarely is a backup just as intriguing as the comic it’s tucked into, but I’m so here for CAVE CARSON HAS AN EDUCATIONAL PODCAST. Because of course Cave has a podcast and, of course, it’s with his daughter.

It’s a brilliant way to give us more of a backstory and a peek into his team, and it’s also just clever and nice. Rivera also writes this, so it’s not a jarring end to the book, but a nice addendum. Robins is also the letterer, but Paul Maybury is heading up the rest of the art. It does have a similar tone to the core book, but it’s still different and it’s own thing.

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It just makes you smile, which is a difficult feat after telling us the world is totally going to be destroyed in a stellar explosion. CAVE CARSON HAS AN INTERSTELLAR EYE #1 is a brilliant start to the new series, and is potentially better than it’s predecessor. Yeah, I said it, and I’ll stand by it.

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