Review: Helena Crash #1 (IDW)

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Title: Helena Crash #1
Publisher: IDW
Written by: Fabian Rangel Jr
Artwork by: Warwick Johnson-Cadwell
Rating: 2 out of 5

From writer Fabian Rangel Jr (Space Riders) and artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Tank Girl) comes a new pulse pounding, caffeine fueled, sword swinging, machine-gun firing, car crashing sci-fi adventure comic! In a future where coffee is illegal, Helena is a courier, delivering black market goods to anyone who can afford her services. When Rojo, a ruthless crime boss, asks her to assassinate his rival, the alien mobster known as White Demon, Helena finds herself in the middle of a gang war! To survive, Helena must use all of her skills, and seek help from her friends to stay ahead of her enemies!

The story wastes no time throwing readers into the thick of things. This isn’t necessarily a great thing in this case as, outside of a few cool action panels, we’re left to wonder if this a far off land, some time in the future or an alternate reality. People are blue, green, etc., but it’s difficult to tell if this is to indicate mutation or something else. One thing that most can relate to is the quest for a good cup of coffee.

I must admit, the art didn’t hook me. While detailed in places, the perspective was usually off. This may have been a stylistic choice, but it was distracting more times than not. It looks like what you’d find drawn in a high school notebook. Only thing missing is the light blue lines of college ruling.

Overall, Helena Crash wrapped up in an interesting fashion, one that might make me sample a second issue, but there’s really not much here to latch onto.

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