Comic Review: Port Of Earth #3 (Image)

Port of Earth issue 3, from Image, is starting to pick up speed. Is it a good read, worth the $3.99? Port of Earth, a new title from Image, is […]

Port of Earth issue 3, from Image, is starting to pick up speed. Is it a good read, worth the $3.99?

Port of Earth, a new title from Image, is written by Zack Kaplan, with art by Andrea Mutti, colored by Vladimir Popov.

The story summary is that earth is now a stopping point for intergalactic travelers. In return for permitting earth to be treated as a port, we humans have been given technology that will aid our planet’s energy needs. However, the downside is that an occasional alien slips away from his ship while on earth, and wreaks havoc.

Issue 3 picks up with our security team tracking an alien. The alien may or may not be dangerous. And this maddening ambiguity is what makes this tale so compelling. From the story’s slow start in issue 1, we have seen the tension slowly ratcheted up, notch by notch. The security team doesn’t agree on whether the alien is dangerous. The security team is being monitored by a video device. The consortium that operates the port is not being transparent. The “gifts” from the consortium are not as wonderful as they might appear.

This all makes for great reading. The pacing is improving, and Mutti’s art seems to be loosening up a little. The cover doesn’t grab me, and the extra content pages showing the spacecraft would be better used to advance the story instead. Aside from that, it’s all good, and a series worth checking out; the creators are getting somewhere!

Image Comics Port of Earth #3 $3.99 for 26 pages of content. Teen plus.

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