Sammie Reads: Boom's Rocket Salvage Is Gorgeous Enough To Decorate A Home

By Sammie Rice

Greetings, readers!

I hope your February has been filled with lots of nerdy discussions and loads of comic book reading! If you haven't been noticing, there has been an incredibly high amount of really good material coming out from just about every publisher! Even though this is truly great news, it can be a tad overwhelming deciding which new comics to try. Faithful readers, I'm here for you. I will help you navigate through the dense forest of stories and return to you the prize of comic books that are really worth your time. Let's do this!

This week's review is going to be focusing on Rocket Salvage #3 (of 5) by author Yehudi Mercado and artist Bachan.

Untitled1The official solicitation from Boom! Studios reads:

Primo Rocket used to be the fastest speeder-racer in the galaxy, but after a crash that sealed the fate of his space-station-city home, Rio Rojo, Primo has resigned himself to life as a lowly spaceship salvage yard owner. However, his two "kids"–harvest clone Beta, and Beta's genius girl-clone Zeta–can't seem to keep out of trouble. When the dysfunctional family suddenly becomes the target of an intergalactic manhunt, the family has to come together to save their home.

To me, I feel that this story could be taking place in the same universe as Midas Flesh, maybe just several lightyears away. You all know that I completely adored Midas Flesh by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb so you must know how excited I am that this comic exists.

Some comparisons would be that they both have alien creatures befriending humans, they both have completely functional space crafts and they both have characters with some sassy dialogue. Plus, it's being published through Boom! Studios which is almost a guarantee that this book will be fantastic.

I loved this comic from the description alone. As the series has progressed, it has become clear that Mercado has a natural gift of pacing dialogue very carefully so that you are on the edge of your seat at just the right times. With issue number three, we get a very important flashback from Primo that shows a very compassionate side of his character. I loved this because even though on the outside he is a muscular, tattooed garbage man, his interior couldn't be sweeter. This issue shows Zeta realizing her true power but being extremely overwhelmed by it. Can she really save everyone? Is she the weapon everyone thinks she is?

Untitled2The colors really pop off the page in a way that makes me want to frame every panel and put it on my wall. But I won't do that because I'm not a book murderer and I want to make sure all my friends have a chance to read this comic!

Untitled3Don't let the bright colors, diverse characters and space setting fool you; this is not a a kid's book. Admittedly if you put this comic in the hands of any space-obsessed kid they will immediately love you forever. However, this book is about love, parenting, friendship, war, tough decisions, betrayal and exciting new technology.

When the next issue comes out, you can bet your bottom dollar (Do people even still say that anymore? What does that even mean?) I will be the first in line to pick it up! Have you been reading Rocket Salvage? What do you think of it? Let's connect!

Sammie Reads is a Florida comic book store employee who loves to take long strolls through the park in pterodactyl-free zones. She loves the comic book community, her cute fiancé, fellow Valkyries and delicious nachos. You can find her raving about her favorite things on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram (And now Youtube!) –@sammiereads

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About Hannah Means Shannon

Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. Independent comics scholar and former English Professor. Writing books on magic in the works of Alan Moore and the early works of Neil Gaiman.
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