Comic Review: The Adventures Of Alibi Jones

The Adventures Of Alibi Jones
Written and Lettered by Mike Luoma
Art by Meisha, Federico Guillen, and Rhys Ap Gwyn
Earthbound Comics
Release Date: September 25, 2011
Cover Price: $2.99

It’s not often that you find a standalone issue of a comic whose story is long enough to satisfy. Publishers try this from time to time, but often the stories feel rushed and uninvolved. In issue one of Earthbound Comics’ The Adventures of Alibi Jones, we get not one but three stories in just over 40 pages that not only satisfy, but leave you wanting more.

Sci-fi fans who crave futuristic space epics should definitely check out The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1, where we meet Alibi in the year 2135. He works as a Mediator for the Solar Alliance Interplanetary Force, negotiating treaties between humans and aliens. The stories find Alibi uncovering a heinous plot in “Blind Eye”; meeting his father as a young child in “Father’s Day”; and discovering the perils of time travel in “About Time.”

Mike Luoma serves as writer for each story, with art by Meisha and Rhys Ap Gwyn. Each story by itself would be a great introduction to the character, but by putting them together Luoma gives the reader a strong sense of who Alibi Jones is, and what we can come to expect from future adventures.

The black and white artwork highlights Meisha’s strong attention to detail. Meisha handles both “Blind Eye” and “About Time,” the more plot intensive and action packed of the three stories. With so much going on in each story, Meisha’s style creates a rich world that enhances the narrative. “Father’s Day” is pulled from one of Alibi’s childhood memories, and Gwyn’s artwork adds a childlike quality to the horrible scene. You are right there with Alibi, seeing the world as he would at that young age. Federico Guillen handles the cover, as well as a few stellar portraits of our hero and the alien races he encounters.

There is a lot to like in this issue. Action and intrigue, coupled with fantastic artwork make for a fantastic read. The Adventures Of Alibi Jones‘ first issue was great, and I’m very curious to see if the title keeps this singular format or goes on to the more serialized storytelling found in most modern comics. Either way, Mike Luoma has introduced this great character in bold fashion. I’m sure there are many great stories to be told about Alibi’s adventures with the SAIF, and I for one am excited to see just what they will be.

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