One of the things I’m loving about Lightstep is that each issue paints a vivid picture of a different society and the people who live and function in it. The first issue featured a people obsessed with racial purity, to the point of eugenics and genocide. The second issue depicted warring space pirates. This issue shows us a devoutly religious planet, whose people are about to witness the culmination of centuries of belief.
We begin, as we did in the previous issue, with a radio station in the 1940s. While in the midst of broadcasting a sci-fi serial, the station is overrun by what appears to be actual aliens. If I have one critique of this issue, it’s that not nearly enough time was spent on this portion of the plot. We only get a couple of pages and not much info before switching to the future timeline in which the rest of the story takes place. I imagine we’ll get more as the story progresses, but I’d love to see a whole issue devoted just to this 1940s radio station.
Of course, the main plot of the issue is pretty fascinating, too. A planet has lived for centuries in the belief that the end is coming. The stone statues out in the desert will come to life and wreak destruction, after which, time will start again, everything will be made new, and people will have a chance to live the lives they’ve always wanted. Furthermore, that day of reckoning, when the statues come to life and the fruits of everyone’s faith are finally reaped, is today.
Of course, that’s all poppycock to Jazzman, the space pirate who’s helping January. He has no interest in the planet’s doomsday religion, but rather in its devout priests and the power they possess. Is the doomsday religion really poppycock, though?
Every issue of this comic is fascinating in a different way. The worlds being created are strange and compelling, and the overarching plot, though it’s unfolding very slowly, continues to draw me in. I can’t wait for the next issue.
Creative Team: Milos Slavkovic (script, art, color, and cover art), Mirko Topalski (script), Tiberiu Beka (cover color), and Andrej Bunjac (lettering)
Publisher: Dark Horse
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