"Roche Limit #5" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written by Michael Moreci
Illustrated by Vic Malhotra
2015, 32 Pages, $3.50
Comic released on February 25th, 2015
Alex and Sonya race to save Bekkah's very soul in space while chaos reigns below on the space colony Roche Limit. Everything is coming to a head and things are going to get very bloody. There's no coming back from some of the riots breaking out in the streets. The genie can't be put back in the bottle here. Mankind's big hope for a science fiction-like future is about to burn up entirely.
There has been a feeling of dread permeating through Roche Limit as a whole, like humanity wasted its first big chance at life in the stars. I guess this shouldn't be that surprising seeing as how the colony was built around a big gaping hole in space called the anomaly. That should have been the first clue that things weren't going to work out too well. While this sense of failure as a society can be seen almost everywhere you look, there's a small glimmer of hope that comes through in the actions of Alex, Sonya, and Bekkah. Maybe, just maybe, the human race isn't completely shot.
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Alex's journey has been the most interesting to watch. He's gone from a carefree drug dealer to a real noble guy and it's all thanks to Bekkah. He put everything on the line to save her, and went to great lengths to do so. The guy jumps out of a spaceship and dives into the anomaly to bring Bekkah back in the opening pages of this issue.
This scene was brilliantly drawn by Vic Malhotra. You get the sense of just how small we are in the vast scheme of things when you see a monstrous hole in space with a helpless person getting pulled into it. The panels alternate between close-ups of the spacesuits and wide shots showing the anomaly and a small blip where Bekkah is. How can anyone hope to survive this?
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I believe I've said it before, but the design for the spacesuits in Roche Limit is pretty great. It's a nice mixture of present day and futuristic tech instead of going full-out sci-fi, like they were made based on what someone in the 1950s considered space age. There are limitations to the suits. They are held to the ship with a large tube, not unlike something you'd see coming out of your clothes dryer. You're not going to be performing space acrobatics in these things, but they get the job done.
There's a feeling of finality with this issue of Roche Limit, but also the dawn of a new chapter. Writer Michael Moreci ties up all of the loose ends of this first arc while opening the door for more questions leading into the second volume. He provides an actual end for these characters, some are noble, others covered in blood, but all of them were fighting for something. Roche Limit is a sci-fi epic with a real human connection. It's for fans of Blade Runner or Chinatown.