What is that you say? Another Kurt Weibe title from Image, two in the same week, reviewed by the same guy? In short, yes! That’s exactly what Debris #1 is, however this review might not be what you’d expect. In the interest of being off book to start with I’ll just sum up everything I am about to write: I was underwhelmed by this one. It actually feels good to get that off my chest from the start! I am usually a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, end of the world survival stories, and interesting world development but so far Debris hasn’t really grabbed my story-wise. As you might have seen over my past few reviews I am a huge Weibe fan so when Debris was announced I was pretty stoked. Now my disappointment in this could be simply because Peter Panzerfaust and Grim Leaper are so far above what most writers are doing these that I expected more of the same and if that’s the case then I am probably doing Debris a disservice but I asked for this write-up so here it goes.
With all that said I want to make sure to point out that this is a solid book. It’s just not a book that has me by the short and curlies waiting for issue #2. I like the premise overall but I think that the starting point chosen could have been better. As readers we don’t know why this is the last human civilization, how these mechanical creatures came to be, why they attack humans, how a single person can be the protector of this whole group of people and what that actually means, and so on. It’s a lot to process and accept without any sort of explanation. Maybe the Weibe has something up his sleeve and there will be more explanation forthcoming but I think it would have been better to have more of that up front. So while I am not jumping for joy with this one I will be reading the next issue because it’s good enough to keep going.
Now what’s actually great about this book is the art. The action scenes are really well done, especially the first time Maya kills a Jormugand. The panel placement, the colors, the art overall are all stunning. Riley Rossmo has done a fine job with on this one and that’s one reason I am going to pick up the second issue. Honestly I wish I knew more about art and drawing so I could comment further on this because it’s really well done. It’s one of those “I can’t tell you what it is but I darn sure like it” situations. You’ll just have to pick up the book and see for yourself.
Overall I think this could become a strong series depending on where Weibe takes it in the remaining three issues. I remain hopeful about it and will read them all regardless of how it turns out. While not the strongest start I have seen from Kurt it’s still pretty solid and I do want to see where it goes and I hope you do as well.
~ Romeo Sid Vicious ~