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Comic Review: Adam Wreck
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Adam Wreck coverAdam Wreck
Written by Michael S. Bracco
Art by Michael S. Bracco
Alterna Comics
Release Date: October 1, 2009
Cover Price: $9.99

Poor Adam Wreck. He is trapped on his parents’ spaceship on a so-called adventure in the cold, black, absolute nothingness of intergalactic space. His parents are the first Earthlings to invent a spacecraft capable of intergalactic travel. They’re on a mission to seek out new life and…yeah, yeah, we know the premise. Unfortunately for the space-faring nuclear family, their search has discovered no sign of alien life for two years — two long, dull, agonizing years. Just when young Adam is about to snap, his parents happen upon a Kalosian space pirate ship and are swept up into swashbuckling adventure filled with giant tentacle monsters, squishy planets, fishy spaceships, and invaluable treasure.

In Adam Wreck, Adam has no superpowers or special talents unless you consider amazingly fortunate luck to be a power — and I do. He just stumbles his way through life-threatening situations and somehow lives to tell the tale. Just when Adam’s reservoir of good luck seems to run dry, he meets a treasure-hunting alien named Voric. The opportunistic ship captain, who was obviously inspired by Captain Jack Sparrow, has the means to help Adam rescue his parents from becoming a human-grade sashimi snack. Adam, in-turn, has information that Captain Voric desperately desires. An alliance, perhaps?

Michael Bracco‘s story effectively establishes Adam Wreck‘s cast of characters and lays the foundation for a comic universe with great potential for future stories. The comic is aimed at a younger audience, but frankly its execution is better than many, more mature, titles. In fact, the absence of an edgy narrative and extreme violence is somewhat refreshing. Adam Wreck is just a bored kid looking for an adventure. Any reader who remembers the doldrums of summer vacation, and the quest for anything to break up the monotony of couch-potato hell, can sympathize with Adam’s plight.

Many comics’ alien species often seem like a generic afterthought. However, the aliens in Adam Wreck, and especially Voric, deserve special mention. Michael Bracco put some well-placed effort into great alien designs. These characters could easily fit in a Star Wars or a Fifth Element universe with rubbery skinned, over-expressive aliens. I wanted to know much more about the Kalosian space pirates. In this comic, they’re just evil and hungry; that’s more than enough. For now, anyway.

Bracco’s color work stands out with its unique mix of gray, black, white, and orange. It’s an interesting style that gives a marker-doodled appearance with its thick outlines and uneven, cartoony characters. The panel layout is very easy to follow and lets the action and dialogue to flow effortlessly.

In Adam Wreck, Michael Bracco has created a charming universe of characters. Everything about the comic is simple: the story, the art, the characters, the layout. But its beauty lies in its simplicity. Adam Wreck brazenly keeps things light and the action moving. The storyline is predictable and geared towards younger readers, but it’s a fun sci-fi romp that all ages can appreciate.

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