In a future where our solar system has been colonized by wealthy elites, interstellar bounty hunters Dagmar, Rick, and Jules follow a missing girl’s trail to a cult on Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon. When they arrive, the intrepid bounty hunters discover the cultists have provoked a terrifying force.
This series is put out by Black Mask Studios: a relativity new company that to my knowledge, has only been around for five years or so. I haven’t really had a chance to read too much of what they’ve put out, but what I have read, (Space Riders, We Can Never Go Home, and Young Terrorist) I have really liked and will probably be getting around to reading more of their catalog in the future.
That brings me to The Disciples. This edition of The Disciples is from the Local Comic Shop Day a few weeks ago, so it has a unique LCSD cover. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend LCSD do to my day job, but my editor was able to go and he picked this up; which he inevitably assigned me to review—I’m glad he did. If you happen to be in the market for a horror space comic, this should be your go-to.
Honestly, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this series when he gave it to me to review; I haven’t heard of it before. With it being unfamiliar, I was a little hesitant to get into it. That’s only until I saw that Steve Niles was the writer though. I’m a fan of his work, so I figured it would be pretty good. Plus, the LCSD cover is quite cool, which further peaked my interest.
When it comes to trying to explain this series to you, it can be a little difficult to do without giving too much of the story away—and I wouldn’t want to spoil anything for you. Also, these are fast and easy reviews, and that means I slip your brain just the tiniest nugget of information so you can create your own opinions on the book. But what I can say, is that it’s an incredibly enjoyable series to read. The writer and artist work really well together with crafting the world that these characters find themselves in.
For those who might not know, Steve Niles is probably one of the best horror writers in comics right now; he’s the mind behind the terrifying 30 Days of Night series. He’s also done a couple Batman miniseries for DC Comics as well (which I only mention because I think it’s important to know he’s more than just a one trick pony via the horror genre). One of my favorite things that he did though was the adaptation of I Am Legend into a graphic novel (I Am Legend was originally written by Richard Matheson).
Christopher Mitten also does a great job on this book; he really kicks up the creepy factor for this story. It can be difficult sometimes when an artist must create a new, original world for a story like this, but Christopher Mittens knocks it out of the park. I couldn’t think of anybody else who could do this series justice.
Given the opportunity, I could have easily read this entire graphic novel in one sitting. The fast pace writing really moves the story along while leaving you guessing what’s going to happen the whole way through. I can honestly tell you that as I was reading this story, I had no idea what could happen (which is a really nice change of pace from most modern day comics). I don’t know if there are plans for a volume 2, but I can tell you now if there are, I’m definitely down to pick it up on the first day it’s released.
I’m giving The Disciples:
5 Out of 5 Whiskey Shots.