The next stage of evolution has laid dormant in our world just waiting for the proper spark… the right catalyst.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Astronomers discover that a large astroid is heading on a direct collision course with Earth, and it’s large enough to wipe out all life after impact. So the major governments band together to get a group of astronauts to fly into space and blow up the astroid, hopefully saving the world.

Okay, so the premise isn’t THE most original plot I’ve ever heard of, but don’t let that turn you off from trying this issue. I got this because I wanted to see what “The Event” that was referred to in ACCEL #1 was, and this book, which came out first, tells that story. And I am glad that I did.

The timeframe of this story isn’t clear, probably in the “near future”, as America has a female President. When she’s alerted of the meteor, she gathers the leaders of China, Russia, and the UK for them to come up with a plan, which involves sending up 4 astronauts, in 4 ships, to go blast the astroid, blah, blah, blah. The pick the best astronaut from each nation, from Europe come Alistair Meath, a happily married man with 2 young children and another on the way. China picks Zhang Tian, a young single man with no children, but who is very close to his parents. Sonya Mozorov is an Russian astrophysicist, who is married but clearly more dedicated to her work. And from America comes astronaut David Powell, who just proposed to his fiancé. The real drama comes when the 4 are brought in to be told of what they’re wanted for, and are informed that this is a suicide mission, as they will need to personal fly their ships directly into the asteroid in order to destroy it.

Knowing what’s at stake, each member agrees to go on. Flash forward, after 3 months of training it’s time to go, but each member is given the chance to see their loved ones one last time, they can let them know that they won’t be back, as long as they don’t give the details. So we see those final meetings. David tries to get his fiancé to marry him quickly, so she can get his pension, but she’s too heartbroken to go through with it. Then we get into outer space. Something goes wrong with David’s ship, he loses communication with everyone else. The other three astronauts have to change plans, they can still blast the asteroid but with only three of them, it should split into larger chunks than anticipated, with no way to accurately predict where they’ll land.

That’s all I’m going to say about this book, as I don’t want to spoil the ending. I mean, obviously, if you read my review of Accel, which takes place after this, then you know that the Earth survived. But there’s more to it than that, and I found it quite exciting as I read, wondering how it was going to end. Joelle Sellner is the writer on this, and she does a fantastic job. As I said, the premise may not be original, but what sells it is the characters, and she writes them very well. Carl Reed, Lorenzo Lizana, and Sai Studios handle the artwork, and it looks great. This is a book worth checking out. Chacebook rating: FIVE STARS

Available on Amazon and also on GRAPHICLY

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