Well, what can I say about Extinction Seed? Not much, actually. Does it look intriguing? Yes. Do I understand much of what’s going on? Not at all. The thing about this issue is that it’s a glorified teaser. Most #0 issues are. It does look like it’ll be a very in depth, long storyline about the age old trio of doomsday, superheroes and saving the world. This particular threat against humanity comes in the form of an ancient Akkadian cylinder. What’s in the cylinder? Well, that’s part of the secret, but it’s supposed to change the destiny of the world.
Because this type of story has been done so many times, how it’s written has to be done very delicately so that it avoids the cliches and monotony. Since this issue was so short, I don’t know how well it’ll be pulled off, but I do hope it will, mainly because of the absolutely gorgeous artwork. I’ll get more into that later. So far there’s no mention of who the villain of the story is, which will impact how the comic is portrayed, but we are introduced to the four main characters. Cynthia Morrigan, Cathryn Murphy and Caroline Moss. I’m sensing a name theme here. Here’s to hoping it ties in somewhere and isn’t just a wild coincidence. Cynthia’s your standard busty blond who happens to work as a photographer… when she’s not busy stealing things. Cathryn looks to be the intellectual of the group, but we’ll see. Since she’s a political assistant and has some psychic abilities, she may very well turn out to be the group’s leader. Carol’s our Asian college beauty with a secret. She dreams and wakes up in different places, usually terrifying in nature. As of right now, none of the girls know each other, so it’s hard to say how they’ll all be brought together. Last, but not least, is the reporter. There’s always a reporter, right? What would an epic, earth shattering plotb e if there wasn’t a reporter to cover it? I’m not overly pleased at the cliched reporter, but I’ll keep reading and give it a chance.
The artwork is beautifully rendered. The drawing style gives me flashes of Fathom, not so much the older stuff, but the newer arc of “Blue Descent.” A little like Alex Sanchez if you squint. Everything about the art makes me happy, it’s what hooked me in the first place. Probably the equivalent of getting little stars in my eyes. Actually, the art reminds me of a few titles that have come out of Top Cow. My hat’s off to Pastore and Nocera, because they did a magnificent job on Extinction Seed.
Overall, I’d say it’s possible Extinction Seed will end up being a good series, but right now there’s just not enough information to really tell. The artwork seems to outstrip the plot by far, but they may add some twists in later. I was left not understanding what was going on, which isn’t a very good sign. I probably will stick around to read #1 when it comes out and see if they manage to be clearer.
Felicity Gustafson was born in Ohio and, after the astounding realization that there was more to do than look at trees and cows, she decided to become a nerd and got into comics, anime and video games. New to Comics Bulletin, she sticks mostly to reviewing things out of the horror and comedy genres. She spends most of her time working in the manufacturing industry, finishing her computer degree and steadfastly avoiding ham fat at all costs.