Disclaimer: Panels Publishing is a friend of the site and asked us to do this review.

While there are a wide variety of Indie comics out there, it can sometimes be a battle to decide which comic gets your money and your time. Sometimes the choice is difficult. Other times its easy. In the case of COSMIC #1, it was easy. The cover by Alison Tyree was eye-catching, with a strong intriguing female protagonist and an unusual, yet striking creature. As I looked through the preview pages, I was charmed by the interior art and dialogue. It seemed sweet, genuine and peppered with good humor.  The first page of the book was an illustrated introduction by the creative team, Erin Keepers and Letty Wilson. This lovely intro made me want to read and support this book. And that’s exactly what I did.

Cosmic #1

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COSMIC #1 is the story of a currently unnamed female protagonist who is part human and part alien. The story opens up with a crustacean-like fireball crash landing on earth engulfing a lone woman (Fiona) as she chills out in her home. When she wakes up, something else has taken over. It is not malevolent or with ill intent. It acts like a highly intelligent newborn discovering the world for the first time. It was quite joyous to watch (in a weird way reminding me of regeneration scenes in DOCTOR WHO, when new Doctors are figuring out who they are for the first time). Whoever this person is, it is no longer Fiona. She doesn’t know who she is or where she’s from, but she’s eager to find out. She develops and learns quickly and naturally. Erin Keepers’ script and dialogue throughout the story are witty and full of joy. The very first words uttered by the main character are weird and unexpected, but they also feel just right, setting the tone for the rest of the book.

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Letty Wilson’s art makes the book soar. It’s gorgeous from the first page (the paneling on page one alone is really well laid out) and is full of boundless energy. She works brilliantly with Keepers, fleshing out the script and adding nice dialogue-free panels, which really allow for some great thoughtful moments. Her character inks are rich and defined while her background designs are light and full of color.  When the story progresses, and we are introduced to the city the coloring changes too, creating an excellent tonal shift. Gone are the earthy browns of the forest she left behind, our hero is now in a world of light grays, blues, and aliens only she can see.

Cosmic #1

There are one or two moments in the book that shouldn’t work. The meeting with Quincy McQueen (if you are at all cynical) just shouldn’t ring true. How could anyone be that nice and giving without any agenda behind it? If it was any other book it would come off as naive, but here it fits in with the character of the book. Even the villains of the book are not bad. Instead, they’re just lost. This is a positive, feel-good book that achieves this quality without feeling cliche. The creative team does wonders with the story. The only time I was brought out of the book was the page where Quincy gets abducted. The art style feels different; the inking and coloring is so out of character that it could almost be a different team.

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However, this is a small complaint in a book which is as strong, heartfelt and professionally produced as anything I have read by any mainstream comic company. If you like what you see and want to purchase a digital copy of Cosmic #1 (issue 2 is also available) go to panelspublishing. If you’d prefer a floppy, the creative team will be at Emerald City Comicon from the 7th to the 10th of April.

UPDATED on 4/7/16 to state our affiliation with Panels Publishing.

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