Red Dog #1, An Old Dog With New Tricks

Posted: December 1, 2016 in Comics, Graphic Novels, JD Hardin
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By: JD Hardin

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After 451Media sent us a group of #1’s, I had to see what Red Dog was all about. Having read so many of their first issues, I came to expect a lot from the independent publisher. They’ve branded into my brain that no matter how cliche the story may seem at first, my initial expectations couldn’t be more wrong.
Written by the genius, Rob Cohen, Red Dog is filled with the no-nonsense, direct story telling approach that has made his films such a success.Image result for 451MEDIA RED DOG

Red Dog opens on the mining colony of Kirawan. Established on a planet in a binary system, daylight never ends. With a lethally toxic atmosphere, the 197 colonists must live out their lives inside protective domes. The colonists’ jobs are to mine Imperium, an element that emits radiation through time and space. The largest deposit of Imperium ever found rests beneath the colonists’ very feet. As in any intergalactic narrative, the planetary natives are not exactly keen on their planet being invaded by humans. Naturally, they attack as many supply ships as they can.
I know you might be thinking, This sounds a lot like Avatar”and, in part, you’re right. I can assure you, however, that the setting is the only thing they have in common.
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Kyle is unique to the colony. Not by genetics, he’s not a slave, nor is he the subject of any experiments with Imperium. No, Kyle is the only child in the colony. Being the only child on a harsh mining colony is far from easy. With no other children in the colony, Kyle’s uncle, an engineer, designs and builds him a robotic dog named Q. Q is far beyond the capacities of any true canine, and his quantum chipped brain allows him to learn and grow far smarter than any of his organic contemporaries. Kyle’s life is a difficult one. His parents had an older son who died due to unexplained causes, and Kyle feels as if he is inadequate when compared to the memory of his older brother. Kyle’s father is a miner whose overall attitude towards Kyle is one of obligation. Kyle’s mother is the polar opposite, depicted as kind and nurturing, and more than easy to favor in relation to his father. Kyle’s uncle is represented as somewhat of an estranged mentor, feeding Kyle’s curiosity and need for intellectual stimulation. That very curiosity leads to a beautiful cliffhanger, as Kyle is allowed outside the colony to assist with a supply ship. As the supply ship comes under attack, Kyle is ordered to return to the colony. Kyle’s refusal to do so places him right in the middle of a crossfire between the colonists and the natives.
Image result for 451MEDIA RED DOGRob Cohen’s writing is entrancing. The story invites you on a wonderful science fiction journey, where you are given a third person point of view. Bob Atkins’ art only helps in bringing you into the story. With vibrant colors disguised in gold and beige, Red Dog places you firmly in the Kirawan colony. As I read the issue, I could feel the danger of the toxic atmosphere on the other side of the dome, threatening to strangle out my very breath at the slightest crack. The perfect balance between art and novel could not be more realized than in Red Dog!
A perfect 5 out of 5 capes!!!
I can’t wait for more!
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  1. […] Red Dog #1 left us with quite the cliffhanger, and #2 definitely puts a nice finish on that. True to 451Media style, Red Dog #2 will pull the floor from beneath your feet. […]

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