Thursday, June 4, 2009

Review: Terra (Sci-Fi)

'Terra' is a sci-fi webcomic by Holly Laing and Drew Dailey.

'Terra' features some great art and a story that evokes the Colonial genocide of Native Americans on a galactic scale.

It's 2309 and the United Earth Coalition is using their military force to wipe out alien civilizations to make room for human colonies. The main characters, Grey O'Shea and the alien Agrippa, are recon specialists for the Resistance - an organization of alien refugees and a few humans.

You'll pick up on the comparison of early American settlers waging war on native Indian tribes fairly quickly. But there's also a subtle comparison to modern military conflicts (and not just American) that I'm not even sure the creators intended.

Following the narrative of Grey O'Shea - an infantry soldier turned member of the Resistance - you see what happens when a Soldier comes face-to-face with the reality of how his Government is using him. If there's a side effect to this method it's that we only see Agrippa's motivations through O'Shea's perspective as opposed to seeing it through his own eyes.

The art of 'Terra' is great. For the most part, the character designs, vehicles and architectural designs are pretty standard for a futuristic sci-fi universe. My favorite part of that is probably the design of Agrippa. He's an Azatoth - an alien race that looks like a cross between a Klingon and a Jaffa (More specifically the Anubis Guard)

The only thing missing from 'Terra' was a good action scene. We get to see a little bit of the war in the first handful of pages, but not nearly as much as I'd like.

Minor complaints aside, 'Terra' features some interesting characters in an intriguing situation. 4 stars.

1 comment:

  1. Bilbo Baggins7/3/09, 1:46 AM

    Great webcomic! 5 out of 5 stars!