Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Port of Earth' #2 by Zack Kaplan, Andrea Mutti, and Vladimir Popov

Now that most of the set-up has been established, writer Zack Kaplan goes to the streets to propel this new series into some exciting albeit familiar territory. Still, with political intrigue and a mysterious alien threat roaming outside of the port area, 'Port of Earth' is finding its legs while being entertaining.


PORT OF EARTH #2 

Writer: Zack Kaplan
Artist: Andrea Mutti, Vladimir Popov
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: December 13, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Not surprisingly, the deal the U.S. government made with the aliens to allow them to dock on Earth in exchange for new technology, involved the very same corporations that would benefit the most, putting profit over people. This is nothing new in this day and age but this new technology has displaced human workers causing major strife and resentment among American workers. And despite rules in place to keep out alien visitors away from the human population, breaches have caused panic and protest among the citizenry. This brings us to one such case where a rogue alien is on the run suspected of murder and it's up to ESA agents McIntyre and Rice to track it down. 

The agents are scouring the city looking for this mysterious alien and the trail leads to the sewers. Rice is the level-headed one that goes by the book, encouraging Mac to wait for backup. Mac is gung-ho to find this creature and kill it. He's headstrong and wears his prejudice on his sleeve. It's a familiar trope, good cop-bad cop, and it parallels the attitudes of xenophobic Americans today. It's a metaphor for the anti-immigrant, anti-refugee sentiment that has gained attention now about fearing the "other" among us. The timeliness of this makes 'Port of Earth' compelling but the dynamics of the agents offers little nuance. 

Nonetheless, the story reads like a political thriller set in a future world before evolving into sci-fi horror. The chase builds up, increasing the tension along the way while the two agents bicker about procedure and justice. Andrea Mutti creates a dingy dark underworld that the agents have to navigate where anything can appear. The alien reveal is pretty shocking and colorist Vladimir Popov makes the most of the limited confines with a sustained murky color palette. 

'Port of Earth' is by its very nature is a political story. When aliens make a deal with our government benefitting mostly corporations, the losers in this agreement will almost always be the public. Heap on top of that the sudden influx of space traveling aliens and the potential for conflict and misunderstanding is a virtual guarantee. The story continues to unfold with more explosive revelations sure to come to light. Make sure to get on board now. 

Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com



Comments

  1. Overall, I agree with your review. Just read the second issue and have been pretty pleased so far. It certainly is reflecting the politics and issues today. The quick moments where groups like the ACLU are described as unimportant to the process. This obviously gives some insight into my politics, but it shows how the whole 'process' is devised to support corporate economics.

    I also feel it has a 90s science fiction feel with the B&W artwork and overall approach.

    I'm not 100% sold yet, but I think it has quite a bit of promise.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

An Artist Will Get His Revenge in The Post-WWII Original Graphic Novel SIMON SAYS

Image Comics announces an all-new, original graphic novel Simon Says by Andre R. Frattino and Jesse Lee which will paint a post-World War II Europe in a scarlet shade of revenge this September.


Simon Says is a drama-filled, crime noir story that follows a former artist to the Führer who hunts down and seeks justice upon the Nazis he witnessed murder his friends and loved ones during the war. It is an original graphic novel inspired by true events and by a real-world Holocaust survivor, Simon Wiesenthal, an artist who lost his family and took justice into his own hands.
"Simon Says is about an innocent and gentleman, an artist, whose family and life are destroyed by a real-world event. Not something sci-fi or fanciful, but something that has happened and could happen again. In that way, it's the story of any of us, and how we would respond if who we were and what we had were lost,” said Frattino. "The real-life, famed Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal, was quoted as once sayin…

Fitness Women in Superhero Body Paint by J.M. Manion

J.M. Manion has long been a successful photographer covering the fitness and bodybuilding industry. He has photographed some of the strongest, well-defined physiques on the planet. He's also had a love of super-heroes and comic books. So much so that Manion began publishing his own comic book, Iron Siren Comics, featuring some of the fitness competitors he's covered as superheroes themselves. It's no wonder he sometimes incorporates superhero cosplay and body paint into photo shoots. Here are just some examples of his work:

INTERVIEW: Spencer & Locke’s David Pepose and Jorge Santiago, Jr. Talk Sequel, Film Adaptation and More

Suspended by Internal Affairs, Detective Locke grapples with the demons of his past alongside his trusty partner, his childhood imaginary panther Spencer. But when Spencer and Locke face a scarred soldier named Roach Riley, will this unlikely pair finally meet their match?




When 'Spencer and Locke' first launched back in 2017, it was a curious novelty at first blush. The premise of "what if Calvin and Hobbes grew up in Sin City" was cute and ambitious but how could it possibly live up to the beloved comic strip with the hard edge of Frank Miller's classic? The result was a triumph that proved to be more thoughtful and impactful than expected. The combination of a hard-boiled detective story told through the lens of PTSD while paying homage to some revered properties proved to be masterful in both execution and style. David Pepose and Santiago, Jr., had found the heart and soul of the story in real emotion while being an entertaining crime drama.

With its success a…

Here's the Dickon Tarly You Didn't See on 'Games of Thrones'

Ever since Tom Hopper stepped in for Freddie Stroma on this season's Game of Thrones as Dickon Tarly, preferred son of Lord Randyll Tarly (James Faulkner), he's made quite the impression and not just for the character's funny phallic name.
*Possible spoilers ahead if you haven't seen 'Game of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 5, "Eastwatch"
We've barely gotten to know him only that's he the dutiful and loyal son to crusty old Randyll and he's got a name that makes Ser Bronn (Jerome Flynn) chuckle (and us too). The strapping neophyte on the battlefield seemed ready to break out on the show when this week his loyalty to his father led to some dire consequences. 
Conquered by Daenerys’s army and dragon, Dickon, Randyll and their fellow vanquished men stood before her. She gave them a simple choice join her or die. Too proud to bend the knee, Randyll chose to die instead of following Dany who he didn't consider his queen. So far so good. Then cli…