Comic Review: Motherlands #1 (Vertigo Comics)

Motherlands issue #1 emerges from DC Vertigo…and if you can stand the foul language, it’s pretty darn good! Motherlands, written by Si Spurrier with art by Rachael Stott, is filled […]

Motherlands issue #1 emerges from DC Vertigo…and if you can stand the foul language, it’s pretty darn good!

Motherlands, written by Si Spurrier with art by Rachael Stott, is filled with swearing. Lots of bad language and bad attitude. But the story, with daughter Tabitha following in footsteps of her potty-mouthed diva of a mom, is a solid one.

It’s the future, and ‘licensed retriever’ Tabitha Tubach is chasing armed fugitives. Mom Selina casts a long shadow, however. She had a real gift for tracking before she retired. Can Tabitha establish herself as her own woman without relying too much on “dear old mom”?

The art is really well executed in this first issue. Stott’s figures, expressions, fight scenes, and environments are top notch. She’s helped by colorist Felipe Sobriero, who understands story flow, and uses a simplified color palette; better for following the action!

DC Vertigo Motherlands #1, $3.99 for 23 pages of content. Mature readers!

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!