As was evident in a feature I posted on the site a few days ago, I find myself frustrated by a reluctance among North America comics publishers — specifically Marvel and DC — to answer straightforward questions about one aspect of the business. So it was with some interest when I read that another comics journalist, the esteemed Tom Spurgeon, had a similar experience.
Writer: Johanna Stokes
Artist/Cover artist: Leno Carvalho
Colors: Imaginary Friends Studios
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Price: $3.99 US
It seems to me that Station is one of those books that Boom! supports with a little more of a promotional push, as it did with North Wind and Talent long before that. I understand why. The premise is a solid one, bound to appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. There are space/science buffs out there just as there are sci-fi enthusiasts, and who doesn’t like a good whodunnit? Johanna Stokes, who’s done plenty of work for Boom! in the past but is still billed as a TV writer, has happened upon a natural concept: a murder mystery in space. While offering new ideas in terms of means of murder, it limits the number of suspects to a manageable, easy-to-consume level. Of course, the premise is limited as well. The art boasts some striking visuals at times, and the man responsible certainly has capture the close quarter of a space station along with the vast emptiness that lies outside of it. But the visuals are inconsistent from page to page, which makes for some distractions and interferes with the story.