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Alien Bounty Hunter: Volume 1 Paperback – August 7, 2018
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"The Fifth Doll" by Charlie N. Holmberg
The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician Series transports readers to a darkly whimsical world where strange magic threatens a quiet village. | Learn more
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- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1939424275
- ISBN-13 : 978-1939424273
- Product Dimensions : 6.4 x 0.6 x 10.1 inches
- Reading level : 16 and up
- Publisher : Vault Comics (August 7, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,357,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of my favorite characters was the Reaper. She’s got her finger on the pulse of the alien prison and for her own reasons gives Ben some much needed assistance. I think more could have been done with her character but that might come in the next volume.
There’s all sorts of aliens in this story; they aren’t just uniform baddies that Ben takes out willy nilly. Don’t get me wrong; our hero does his fair share of removing aliens hell bent on killing him. Yet there are still individual aliens with their own motives in helping or hindering Ben.
Also, there’s some conspiracy going on with the Coalition, which maintains the prison. They had some sort of deal with a technologically advised alien species and now Ben is caught in the crosshairs of that deal. Ben’s computer guy (Brooks) works from the outside to dig up info but getting info into the prison and to Ben is quite difficult.
Ben has a solid relationship with Rita, an older woman suffering from cancer who acted as Ben’s granma or elderly aunt while he was growing up. Throughout the story we get flashbacks to Ben’s childhood and how Rita influenced it. I hope we see more of her in Volume 2.
The tale does leave us on a cliffhanger, so I hope Volume 2 comes out soon. I’d like to see more depth to all the characters and perhaps a bit more history on the prison to make it more believable. All told, 4/5 stars.
The Artwork: The artwork is gorgeous! I love the images of Reaper on her bike, of this wicked alien (Miasma?) and her tentacled sidekick, and those tiger-like beasties going after Ben. Nyx is also drawn very well, having an androgynous cast to him. The lettering was nicely done too, some sections having different colors which helped me keep straight who was talking. I also liked how little word bubbles with ‘alien words’ were used to show that a tech translator was working. At the end of the volume are the various covers for the individual issues which I spent some quality time admiring. 5/5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.
Ben Madsen is a bounty hunter with an ailing aunt. He gets sent to Alaska on a job and discovers an entire alien city under the ice. His search for his warrant leads him to interact with the aliens there. Some are friends, some just want to fight. Ben is really good at fighting. He's also good at jumping from really high places and surviving. He'll need his skills to survive.
First off: an alien city underground that no one (outside of a few government officials) seems to know about? With advanced technology and a pretty vast area? I couldn't buy in to this premise. Ben is a pretty standard loner, action hero, but I never really got to care for him. He goes around beating things up, and there are a few flashbacks, but the empathy was totally lacking for me.
The art is decent enough. The story is just a jumble of half-formed ideas. I finished it, but it was a struggle for me.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Vault Comics, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
Stunning art and colors by Nick Robles.
Richly imaginative and propulsive just like some of pop culture's most beloved favorites (Indiana Jones).
Escapism does not have to be dumb entertainment. Alien Bounty Hunter has real heart to match it's giant world.