In 1901, Jules Verne wrote a novel called The Lighthouse at the End of the World about a secluded lighthouse and its keepers in the middle of nowhere, and the pirates who attack it. Now, David Hine and Brian Haberlin have adapted that novel into a sci-fi comic that includes spaceships, wormholes, androids… and, of course, pirates. I haven’t read the novel, so I don’t know how faithful the comic is to the source material, but it does manage to be interesting enough in its own right.
The Stormfront is a space station on a tiny asteroid, with a skeleton crew whose job it is to guide ships from one wormhole to another, without being scuttled on the asteroid belt or torn apart by gravity wells. The job is simple and almost entirely automated, and there are often long periods of time between ships, so the crew’s lives mostly consist of boredom.
That is, until a group of space pirates attack the station and take over all of the systems. Now, it’s up to crew member Vasquez and her android bodyguard, Moses, to figure out what’s going on and stop them before they cause a lot more harm. It won’t be easy—especially since someone on the Stormfront’s crew is working with the pirates, and no one is quite sure who.
There’s a lot going on in this comic, and it’s still only the first issue. The story seems to meander sometimes, but for the most part it’s fairly compelling. Haberlin’s detailed, vibrant artwork helps bring to life this strange world at the edge of the universe and serves to make the characters more interesting. Moses, for instance, is a pile of spare parts with a perpetual goofy grin on his machine face, which tells you as much about his character as anything he says or does.
If you like space adventures, you’ll likely enjoy Jules Verne’s Lighthouse. I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here.
Creative Team: David Hine (story), Brian Haberlin (story and art), Geirrod Van Dyke (colors), Francis Takenaga (letters), Hanna Wall (production), and Matt Hansel (production)
Publisher: Image Comics
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