Comic Review: VS #1 (Image)

VS is a new title from Image. With Ivan Brandon writing and Esad Ribic (Nic Klein on colors) drawing it, hopes are high! Or… a little too high?? VS starts […]

VS is a new title from Image. With Ivan Brandon writing and Esad Ribic (Nic Klein on colors) drawing it, hopes are high! Or… a little too high??

VS starts out strong. The creative team takes almost the first half of the entire book to the scene: outer space, two groups battling. War is a spectator sport! One champion battler is leaving rehab after extensive surgery and therapy, and he’s back in the game. How will he fare after months on the injured list?

As well executed as it is, the first issue is a quick read. The story progresses, there are lots of cool visual intrusions from broadcast network sponsors, so we ‘get the picture’: ratings and ads pay the bills, and the warriors are disposable. Maybe things will get more densely packed with value for the reader in issue two.

The genesis of VS is proudly explained in an afterword by Brandon.

Image, VS #1, $3.99 for 32 pages of Mature content.

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!!