Review of “Great Pacific #1” from Image Comics rating 8/10
Writer: Joe Harris
Art & Colors: Martín Morazzo
Letters: Doug E. Sherwood
Editor: Shawna Gore
Publisher: Image Comics
Year Published: 2012
Review Rating: 8/10
On Sale: November 14, 2012
Format: Full Color
“TRASHED!”, Part One – Chas Worthington dreams of big things, solving bigger problems, and making his mark on the world. Only no one takes the twenty-one year-old heir to one of the biggest oil fortunes in history very seriously. That is, until he turns his back on his cushy life of wealth and prestige, and seeks to solve an environmental disaster twice the size of his native Texas known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The epic sci-fi adventure and survival tale begins!
When I first saw this listed in Previews a couple months ago I was excited and eager to read this book. Strange that although I am not a science oriented person lately it seems the books that I most look forward to have a basis in science. This being one of the ones I would put in that grouping. Now to be fair, we have only had this first issue so it is a bit early to say with any certainty that the story will have a scientific premise but I have hope based on this first glimpse at the new story.
From the moment I picked up this book I knew it was going to be something special. The paper, the cover stock, both spoke of quality. Now if you have never paid attention to what the paper of a comic, catalog or magazine said to you, try it sometime. Feel the weight and texture of the paper. Does it match with the comic, catalog or magazine? If it is a catalog or magazine for high end items/topics does it have paper that gives that impression? Comics are the same, the paper should match the story.
Then open the book, if it is the first issue, pay attention to the opening and then when you are done reading it think back to that first impression. Did the book deliver on the promise that the opening created?
Why am I bringing these up when speaking of Great Pacific? Because to me this issue delivered on my expectations. It has a quality story, albeit only a foundation at this point, but it delivered what I was expecting. And this is all before I even mention the art of Martín Morazzo. The visualization of the floating island of trash makes a point immediately, even if you skip the statistics, of the problem floating in the Pacific. Though some of the portrayals of the characters were a little to literal in their alignment with the personalities, overall Morazzo’s art is in alignment with the story and concept.
I look forward to future issues to see where Harris and Morazzo will take the story and if it will continue to live up to the promise it has made to readers with the quality of this opening issue.
Would I recommend this book to a friend or stranger? Yes, not only for being the opening issue of a new story but also for the story itself. A topic that every person needs to be more aware of, the rubbish we generate that ends up in our water. But this is not a preachy book, not at all, it uses the issue as a foundation for a story instead. But isn’t this the best way to bring an issue to our minds? Don’t most people start to tune out when they are preached at about the environment? Hopefully this book will do well and at the same time make us all more conscious of the rubbish we generate. Final score: 8/10