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Comichaus Review: Moonframe

/media/blog/library/moonframe.jpgSynopsis:

"In the near future, the moon has been pressed into service as a warehouse for the vast data archive created by our constant internet use.

But now those billions of cat memes come under threat from a computer virus. Two astronauts must travel through this strange landscape to save them, completely alone apart from the passing thoughts of everyone."


Writer Nick Bryan brings his sci-fi yarn to life with the help of artist Lucas Peverill & letterer DC Hopkins and as the data store on the moon faces it's first technical issues.  As It's creator Doctor Harriett Marks faces being grounded while all these troubles are unfolding, it's her husband that's on-site to tackle the problem.......and the data banks defences.  

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The expanse of space quickly closes in around the two-man repair team and the panic that creeps it's way into their attempts to find a solution to the problem is a key element in Nick's script that helps build an uneasy tension between the central characters.  The separation between Harriett and the team on the lunar surface is a slick way to help crank things up too and the helpless feelings she has close the world in around them even more.

The look of the book and the layout of the panels from Lucas hammers home the balance between the vastness of space and the claustrophobia of trying to do a job while within the limitations of a space suit.  The risk feels real and it's the finer details on faces and in the surroundings on both the Earth & the Moon that combine to keep this as grounded as you can do in a sci-fi story.  The lettering from DC Hopkins helps keep the tech speak & conversations between the characters flowing in the best possible way and it ends up feeling like a much bulkier issue than it actually is....which in itself makes it a rewarding read.

The creative team here are as well suited as the characters in the story and while they keep the balance of story & art ticking along nicely, it's hard not to get drawn into a story that seems fairly straight-forward to begin with but brings with it a polished & poignant vibe that feeds of the tension of the situation.  The sci-fi clichés are there but the concept feels fresh from Nick and ultimately delivers on being an entertaining read that's worth multiple revisits.

You can read Moonframe on the Comichaus App now, or purchase a print copy from the Comichaus Marketplace

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