Review: Xeno Trip #1


An over the top adventure that’s literally out of this world! Cody Bennett wakes up on a mysterious planet, with no memory of how he got there, and quickly discovers that he’s been crowned king of a leading monarchy. And to top it off, he’s apparently started a civil war! With his two alien guards Zorg and Stus, Cody begins the quest to regain the lost pieces of his memory in addition to restoring order to the planet. In doing so, he just might be able to find his way home.

xeno coverA new webcomic launches this week from QAM Comics. After a strong outing with the sci-fi series Template, a hilarious new adventure series called Xeno Trip will debut on Comixology and the QAM site. If folks like what they see in week one, they can read ahead of the webcomic run on Comixology for $0.99. Xeno Trip is written by Quinton Miles with art by Daniele Cosentino. Giulia Priori handles colors with MaGnUs providing lettering. So should you take a trip with this new series?

Cody Bennett wakes up on an alien planet naked and confused. He has no idea what is going on and he’s not able to understand anything anyone is saying. After stumbling outside and seeing a throng of people chanting his praises during a parade, he is brought his clothes. Once his shirt is on he’s able to understand what everyone is saying. It turns out he’s been there for two weeks, has become the king, and is preparing for a gigantic war. The problem is Cody doesn’t remember anything. As he uses his two loyal guards, Zord and Stus, to connect a few dots, his chief executive officer of the military is starting to set a few shady things in motion behind the king’s back. Can Cody figure out what the heck is going on? How did he end up as the good king Sir Mix-a-Lot on this alien planet?

Miles write a stellar first installment. It’s a funny story that starts to lay out the plot and developing the odd characters of the new world Cody finds himself in. The best way to describe this story is John Carter meets The Hangover. Miles starts crafting a weird world that will be interesting to explore. Cosentino’s art is top notch. He goes with a very stylish cartoon vibe that makes this feel like a TV show in some sense. With the special way of laying out a story Comixology allows, the team gets to present the story in a cinematic and fun way as well. That allows Cosentino to play up Cody’s reactions. Priori’s colors are fantastic. Things are very bright and vibrant, very much fitting with Cosentino’s fluid line work.

Bottom Line: There are a lot of webcomics out there, but Xeno Trip is one that definitely warrants your attention. Cody takes his situation on an alien planet pretty well, so it will be intriguing to see what his real story is. A fun hook with some fantastic art makes this one you need to take for a test drive. You can find the first issue for only $0.99 on Comixology by clicking here. 4.5/5

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