Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Cave Carson Has an Interstellar Eye #1 Review and **SPOILERS**


A Twinkle in Your Eye

Writer: Jon Rivera 
Cover & Interior Artist: Michael Avon Oeming 
Colorist: Nick Filardi 
Back-Up Artist: Paul Maybury 
Letterer: Clem Robins 
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: March 21, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Looks like Cave Carson’s traded in the dank…er, caves for the Wild Black Yonder. Though, considering he spent half of the first volume flitting through various bizarre dimensions, I suppose he isn’t totally a spelunker. Let’s see how he fares in Cave Carson Has an Interstellar Eye #1, by reading my review!


Explain It!

Having gained an above-ground wanderlust from traipsing through dimensions, Cave and Chloe Carson are loaded up in the Mighty Mole, continuing to flaunt the rules of space and time for their personal amusements. They’ve also got Marc Bartow, one-time geology professor and, in a different dimension, Cave Carson’s mentor. Cave picked him up in the previous series and it turns out they’re similar enough that he fits right in. Seems Cave’s cybernetic eye has gained the shard-given ability to open portals, which is exhibited when Cave opens a portal to park the Mighty Mole upon the distant plant that he and the team are visiting. And they got there by portal, incidentally. There doesn’t seem to be much of a penalty for opening portals at this stage, is what I’m saying.
They’re visiting Star Adam, one-time Little Richard-styled pop star on Earth, but in actuality a real star that is expanding and about to implode. He knows Cave from way back, when he and Mazra went to his concert and invited him to the Underground Underground so they could partake in a little Night Pudding. And that’s exactly what it sounds like. While freaking out, Star Adam revealed that he was not of this world, and when Cave kept his secret, they became buddies. So now he’s got one favor to ask of Cave, his daughter, and the other guy: fly him into space so he can implode somewhere sexier.
They agree to do so, but Adam is ready to blow his stack before they even get a safe distance from Earth. When he goes supernova, a wild suction is created that pulls the orbiting space junk around Earth and Team Carson into a…well, a white hole, if I’m being literal about it. At the last second, Cave has his eyeball create a portal to the Mighty Mole’s parking garage, and everyone escapes there to safety—but Earth may not have fared so well in the process!
There’s even a backup of Cave and Chloe doing a podcast, wherein they discuss some stories of the original Silver Age team. I loved seeing Oeming back in the cut, colored so wildly by Nick Filardi, and I dare say they outdid themselves with this issue. There’s a fair bit of recap towards the beginning, but that was to be expected and it’s handled in a pretty natural way without bogging down the story (and frankly, I needed a refresher on some of the finer points!) The best thing about this is that it’s just a cool story, an adventure that has ramifications, but doesn’t look to be another 12-issue slog dealing with the same thing. At least, I hope not. Did I just jinx the book? Now I’ve made myself depressed.

Bits and Pieces:

Things are less interstellar than they are interdimensional, but let's not mince words. The fun and flash of the original series are back, so if you liked it before, you should like this now. Folks that never bothered to read the original series can also hop on here, with the understanding that you're about to read something weird.

8/10

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3 comments:

  1. This was my first Cave Carson book and I gotta say that it really impressed me. The art was fantastic and it has a great story. Looking forward to read the next one.

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    1. You've made me want to read it now...damn you!

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  2. Thought this issue was epic and crazy! Loved the podcasting mini story at the end too! Great stuff!

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