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Running low on crucial supplies, the crew of the Kapital head for a supposedly abandoned science station in Antarctica. But when Mary, second in command aboard the Kapital, and Ryan, the only American aboard, find the station occupied, a supply run turns into a deadly fight for survival.

* A new series from New York Times best-selling author Brian Wood.

* Features exclusive extra material only available in the print-edition!

The Massive . . . feels like sci fi getting back to its roots in speculative fiction, instead of being mired in alien invasions, single environment planets, and the same old. That, in case you can’t tell, is a very, very good thing, and the largest reason to recommend this smartly written, subtle comic book.”β€”MTV Geek

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Garry Brown
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: J.P. Leon

Price: $3.50
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DavidClark10/16/12NoRead Review
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  1. It feels like an age since the previous issue, I don’t know why?
    Maybe I shall re-read the first four issues just to psych myself up?!

  2. One of my favorite series right now. Loving this book through and through. Dark Horse did right by picking up this title and Brian Wood.

    • I agree, last issue was my favorite thus far. I really dug Garry Brown’s art/layouts, and these JPL covers have been awesome as well.

    • Last issue was my fave thus far. Brown’s art just seemed more appropriate…..and….Israel is 50 years old?????? The first issues do NOT depict that at all.

    • Israel was described as being born in 1966 right off the bat, but yeah, Kristian Donaldson’s style made everyone too smooth, too pretty, all ageless.

    • I just chalk it up to him looking really good for his age, which makes sense given his paramilitary training and conditioning — Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp are both nearly 50, so I can buy it.

    • God I’m getting old. I had to sit down and do the math on 2012 minus 1966, as I was positive that someone born in ’66 couldn’t be anything close to 50.

      Sigh…my mortality just started to sink in as my date of birth isn’t too far off of his.

  3. Each issue has been a vast improvement, I’m expecting more great things form this series. Last issue was my favorite as well

  4. I still haven’t read the last issue so I’m thinkin’ I’m gonna let this arc stack up and read through it in one go. I really do love this series though.

  5. Yeah, buddy! I’ll echo the sentiments above. Each issue has been gaining momentum, and I’m loving Garry Brown’s art on this. Everything really clicked into place last issue.

    Anyone else here watch “Whale Wars”? This is a really nice counterpoint to that cluster– of inept & immature activists. It looks like “The Massive” will be about A LOT more than just this, but I wonder if its genesis was just one day, Brian Wood thought, “What if these people knew what the hell they were doing?…”

    • I just mentioned this to my LCS owner the last time I was in there. I’m still not 100% sold on the title, although I haven’t picked up #4 yet. It sounds like maybe I should?

    • I feel like #4 brought the title to some new level and now I can see its not just a Whale Wars thing. #4 sold me.

    • Same. #4 seemed to find its footing, and that we’ll be moving forward now, where before it was more of getting to know the characters & the setup for the world. Definitely pick up #4, man.

    • How is Whale Wars, does it fall into the really bad reality tv tropes i.e. unneccesary (probably fake) drama and fighting and such? I’m interested in seeing the environmental activism part, but get enough drama being a high school teacher, haha.

    • Whale Wars is… Whale Wars is good filler TV. I usually put it on while working on comic pages, something I can just half-listen to, & shout at the TV every once in a while for their ineptitude. It’s definitely got the forced drama, but basically the Sea Shepherds’ tactic is to antagonize the Japanese whalers into taking an illegal action against them, so maybe that drama would’ve been there anyway. They’re just a little better than PETA in their maturity level, & Animal Planet does a pretty good job showing the events without bias β€” so it’s kinda interesting, in that it’s hard to really root for either side as the righteous one.

    • I certainly wouldn’t call whaling, righteous on any level?

    • Aw man, there is nothing better than a slab o whale on rye, with some Miracle Whip. Heroes in my book.

      Kidding. I just meant that the leaders of the Sea Shepherds are so immature, and kind of internally selfish/cowardly, that it’s hard to see them as likeable. They’re constantly throwing their volunteers into danger, while they sit pretty on the boat. And it’s reckless, often useless stuff too. That mantra of “a good leader would never ask someone to do what he is not willing to do himself.” I know people like that in real life – so while their cause is justifiable, they personally don’t come off much like the “good guys.”

    • Another engaging issue!!
      Glad to see everyone’s still on board after all! πŸ™‚

    • Alright, guys, I picked up #4 & 5, but I gotta say, I’m still not completely hooked. I mean, the story’s alright, but not grabbing me in the I-just-gotta-know-what-happens-next kind of way. I actually felt similar about DMZ, like the setup was really intriguing, but the characters and plot development just never really went anywhere (full disclosure: I stopped reading DMZ after about the 3rd trade, tried to jump back on with the 7th because I heard good things, didn’t take then either.) The Cal working for a PMC subplot was good, I’m just not sure I’m caring all that much about the A plot. I’ll probably pick up #6 to finish out the second arc, but then probably drop off unless it hooks me in a huge way.

  6. Sounds like I’m alone in wanting Donaldson back. Either way I’m styaying on board for more.

    • Although I agree with some of the above comments about his character style, I’m a Donaldson fan, too–I’m ooking forward to his return. That said, I’ve been happy with Garry Brown!

    • If I had too choose out of the two artists so far it would be Donaldson, I like his clean but detailed style more!

  7. Issue #4 did indeed take the series to a new level. It takes even a good writer more than a few issues to craft a world and fill in the details without sacrificing plot. Wood is doing a great job with that here.

  8. This was a fantastic issue, full of suspense and desperation. The series is really hitting it’s stride now. It was kind of hard to tell from the first few issues the direction Wood was taking the book but it’s clear now and I’m loving it.

    • My thoughts exactly, fantastic issue. I really enjoyed that even though this was “part two of three” this was a perfect done-in-one story

    • Yeah. Man, this issue felt FULL. Not cramped, just that we got a really nice, rich one-shot. Felt like a journey. And I think we’re seeing finally what this series is, a kind of tour of the world & the societies in it, some existing now & some that very well may be in the near future. I dig that – we have enough political books out there; it’s cool to read one that’s more about social deconstructions instead.

  9. Read it last night and enjoyed it. Not awsome & not bad either, just straight down the middle.

  10. SPOILERS! SPOILERS! (sort of) β€” I love that they don’t address what happened to the two raiders. Adds to a really nice sense of foreboding that’s been growing under the surface of this series.

    And that backup interview was so good! (Tell me there’s a third ship somewhere!)

  11. Badass issue. What I particularly liked about it this time around is that the Crash has been well fleshed out now and Wood’s telling ripping adventure stories that could only be happening in this wild world that he’s imagined. His Earth seems so familiar and still so strange and dangerous, yet totally believable.

  12. Issue 4 was my favorite by far and this one was my least favorite. I agree with almost all of Wood’s political views but he says them in such a sophomoric way I can’t stand reading them sometimes. When I read Mary’s lines in this issue I felt like I was being preached to by a second year Poli Sci student. I had the same problem with DMZ on occasion. I really enjoy politically conscious comics but I prefer them to have some subtlety.

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