Copperhead Vol. 1
Author: Jay Faerber
Artists: Scott Godlewski & Ron Riley
Release Date: March 11, 2015
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: NetGalley DRC
Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Western, Police Procedural
Review Spoilers: Low
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Oh, Copperhead. You are quickly vying for a spot as one of my favorite on-going series. I mean, what a great book. Solid story-telling, great plot, emotional roller coaster… what more could you want?
Oh, and it’s set in space in a post-war period almost reminiscent of Firefly except it seems (so far) that the good guys won.
This is all I ever wanted. A sci-fi Western with family drama aspects? That’s all I needed. Sheriff Bronson is running from her past and trying to start a new life for her and her young son on a ramshackle backwater planet. But it’s not going to be that easy. This is a rough place full of hard people. And that’s what makes interesting. The setting, hodge podge of alien races and cultures, and everything else together create something new and exciting.
It’s going to take time for Bronson to really find her place on this new, hardened planet. Old prejudices will need to be set aside. New dangers await. It’s all very exciting. And our introduction to it all is very well done – told through the frame of a family massacre among other things.
If you’re looking for something lighter with a good story and a great over all sci-fi appeal this is the book to pick up. It looks great and it read well. I honestly have no doubts in recommending it to anyone who enjoys a good sci-fi read. It’s procedural to a point but hey – it’s a family cop drama at it’s core. So we’ll see how that plays out in later volumes. As it is now, it works well and sets up some really interesting conflicts for the future.
Check it out!