Monday, February 13, 2017

Review - Delilah Blast #1


"There's no running from your destiny, Delilah."

Space exploration is inevitable. What's not inevitable is that we'll find someone else out there, but the assumption is that there's plenty of other beings out there. Delilah Blast #1 from Evoluzione Publishing offers a character and beings who definitely stretch the imagination as far as who's out there. The issue is written by Marcel Dupree, illustrated by Joel Cotejar, colored by Ramon Borge and lettered by Marco Della Verde.

Science runs the world and the Earth is governed by the E.S.A., the Earth's Science Association. Everyone is allow to join the organization on their sixteenth birthday, but unfortunately for Delilah Blast she oversleeps, missing the entrance exams and putting her dream in jeopardy. However, when another opportunity to achieve her dream presents itself, Delilah is more than willing and ready to take it, even if it means going to a dangerous alien planet to retrieve obscure technology that could change the world and Earth forever.

Dupree positions Delilah Blast as an interesting lead character--one who's young, ambitious and lacking in traits that otherwise make her more mature. The narrative feeds off of this characterization, in that Dupree sets her up for a pretty grand adventure based on her aforementioned ambition. Delilah is smart and somewhat fierce, refusing to let the rules bring her down when she's got a full head of steam. Dupree uses that to his advantage and allows her motives to move the plot forward through some pretty entertaining dialogue that feels innocent and harmless. There are some pretty standard first-issue trappings that are present as well (such as Delilah being something of a character of destiny), but Dupree does a good job of giving the issue enough to stand on its own as a story.

Cotejar's artwork is lively and vibrant, reflecting the ebullient personality of the main character. That personality is reflected in Cotejar's rendering of Delilah, even though she's blue and clearly from another world. There are some differences in facial expressions throughout that offer a bit more differentiation amongst the characters and Cotejar frames a lot of these people well. His panel layout is mostly a grid layout, but he does work in a few insets and overlays to mix up the action. Borge's colors are bright and bold, emphasizing the otherworldliness of Delilah's environs.

Delilah Blast #1 is a pretty lighthearted book that focuses more on the lead character than the impending perils she'll be forced to contend with. Delilah is certainly going to be up to the task and will follow her mind to wherever it may take her confident in her capabilities. Dupree's script is pretty straightforward and sets up the following issues well. Cotejar's art is a great fit for the story and underscores the alien nature of the characters very well. Delilah Blast #1 is a great read that knows what it's going for and offers a great lead to get there.

Delilah Blast #1 is available now.

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