January 05th, 2012

The Gap

Script: Joseph Remesar | Pencils: Javier Solar | Colors: Jesus Barony

Review by Bernice Watson

Sent to discover the fate of the Intrepid, Captain William Perez-William and the crew of the Cervantes find themselves facing a mystery instead. In the depths of space the Intrepid orbits a barren planet like some futuristic Mary Celeste. Where is her crew? What has so traumatised the ship’s super-advanced AI computer that it is now completely unresponsive? Perez-William and his shipmates have their work cut out for them but will they too fall prey to the same grim fate that claimed their sister ship?

Writer Joseph Remesar (Three Tales, Girls in White) spins a good old-fashioned science fiction romp in this futuristic thriller. If you enjoy the likes of Aliens or Firefly you’re sure to appreciate the tone of The Gap. This story features all the classic elements of a good space adventure – the grizzled veteran leading a team of slick space jockeys, the eerie mystery and the deadly threat from an unexpected quarter.

If there’s one area in which this volume falls down it’s in the editing. Presumably The Gap was originally released in Spanish as La Fisura and the English edition could have benefitted from one more read through with an eye to grammar and clunky translating. My Spanish unfortunately isn’t quite up to reading the original text but it seems that some parts of this story have been lost in the translation making the narrative flow a little uneven at some points.

The Gap features cover art by comic book legend Humberto Ramos (currently drawing The Amazing Spider-Man) with interior pencils by Javier Solar. Solar’s work brings an energy to the story that complements Remesar’s writing style and works well within the science fiction genre. In particular he excels at the technical elements in the story, creating a visual environment that reflects the way that man and machine have become interdependent in the story. At times the speech bubbles in the story can be hard to follow accurately which can make it difficult to read who is speaking when. However the use of a variety of different speech bubbles for the people, computers and communication systems is a nice touch.

Overall this is a good fun read and a great example of independent creators successfully publishing their own work. Remesar has laid the groundwork for future stories in this universe and given himself a platform on which to built future projects.

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