Review: Rogue Trooper #1
Nu-Earth, just another planet ravaged by a galaxy-wide war, its atmosphere poisoned by chemical weapons. Created to fight in such conditions were the G.I.s—genetically engineered infantrymen. But now only one remains, the man known as… Rogue Trooper. IDW is proud to re-introduce Rogue Trooper in this all-new series!
IDW has been very successful with their Judge Dredd series, so now it’s time to introduce another character from the 2000AD stable. This time Rogue Trooper gets the new series treatment from writer Brian Ruckley and artist Alberto Ponticelli. Stephen Downer handles colors and Tom B. Long provides lettering. The Rogue Trooper is a fan-favorite character, but how does his new series stateside fare?
Nu-Earth used to be a true paradise, a planet full of rich mineral resources. Now Nu-Earth is a wasteland because of a never-ending galaxy-wide conflict between the Southers and the Norts. The Southers created genetically modified infantrymen, or G.I.s, to survive Nu-Earth’s toxic atmosphere. On their first mission out, the Troopers were ambushed and possibly even betrayed. Only one of the G.I.s survived the massacre in the Quartz Zone. Now the Rogue Trooper wanders the wasteland fighting the Norts and looking for answers about what happened to him and his comrades. Will the Rogue Trooper find the answers he so desperately wants? Will he even be able to survive on Nu-Earth long enough to track someone down and rip the answers out of them?
Ruckley writes a great introductory issue. This is all-out action from the get-go as we get some great sci-fi with a mix of a really great action/survival story. Rogue Trooper is looking for answers and he has no one to help him other than the bio-chips of his fallen brothers he has inserted into his kit (which means he has a really neat gun, helmet, and backpack that talk to him). The Rogue Trooper is rough, gruff, and he’s all business. The majority of the issue is a pure shot of adrenaline. Ponticelli’s art is a great fit for the series. It, much like Ruckley’s story, finds the perfect balance between a post-apocalyptic sci-fi story and an action story with guns a’ blazing. The character work is very crisp and clean with a lot of details in the gear the soldiers use. Nu-Earth is a big barren wasteland, but Ponticelli is able to keep things interesting with the backgrounds. Downer’s colors are very bright and clean. The planet is a very ugly putrid green and grey, as it should be, but the characters and action really pop off the page.
Bottom Line: Rogue Troopers lets you have it with both barrels. The first issue really gets things going and peppers in the backstory and what you need to know while moving everything forward. This isn’t an exposition or narrative heavy issue, but you know the world, what happened to the other Troopers, and why our main character is doing what he’s doing. It checks all the first issue boxes while still giving you a great story. 4.5/5
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