REVIEW: ‘The Warning,’ Vol. 1

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The Warning Vol. 1 is published by Image Comics, created, written, and illustrated by the marvelous Edward Laroche, with colors by Brad Simpson, and letters from Jayme Reed. Volume one of The Warning is comprised of issues number one through five.

The overarching plot of volume one is based around an unknown alien object that has arrived on Earth. Early on in issue one, Dr. Zayvian, a scientist in one of the military’s intelligence bases, believes he’s made progress in identifying what he thinks this anomaly to be, to quote “Significant breakthroughs, albeit terrifying in their implication.”

According to his results this “quantum field no larger than a grain of rice” manifested from nowhere, and has now begun to simultaneously break down and rearrange the matter surrounding it.  The more terrifying part of the doctors’ analysis is that quantum field is being powered, and maintained, by a power source coming from a planetary body that is on a trajectory for our solar system. The line that is used here is beautifully worded, yet haunting in the image it creates: “There’s a planetary mass ripped from the gravity of its home star, a rogue planet…gliding silently through the infinite night of space…and it’s headed directly for Earth.”

There’s an invasion coming.

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The series navigates the story between points in time or rather missions that are important to the overall arc with the two major plot points being ‘Operation: All Weather Gladiator Two Six,” and “Project: Quiet Knife”. The protagonist, a Lieutenant, who opened the comic is attached to both major projects. Operation: All Weather Gladiator Two Six, specifically details the military’s response in attempting to neutralize the unknown alien threat with the apparent lead of the story taking point on the team.

The Government has also deployed other genetically enhanced human assets, participants who completed the Quiet Knife program. Interspersed through the main story we are briefed via the use of flashbacks on what the process was for the soldiers to be able to successfully graduate from the military initiated experiment. In fact, we learn that only four people survived the testing to become super soldiers, each with seemingly expensive and insane biotech upgrades, and that the Lieutenant was one of the four candidates.

Each of the four soldiers, tasked with separate missions, are required to disable to the alien power source, as it has inexplicably grown to gargantuan size in an unprecedented time period. Each member of the team plays a pivotal role, but the extra-terrestrial source has also come equipped to defend itself doing irreparable damage to the unknowing public.

Initially, when I read this paperback, I burned through the pages and was left disappointed when it was over, having felt like there was not enough dialogue or content. The jumps in time leave the story feeling distorted, and you can easily gloss over important details.  I didn’t even know how to initially approach this review, not knowing how best to lay out the synopsis of the story because the storytelling becomes a little complicated to follow.

Then I re-read it, and I was astonished at how many events there are that I consumed too quickly. The dialogue in the story is less than you expect, instead choosing to leave the story shrouded in mystery, and giving the reader some hauntingly beautiful images. This technique works well because I want to go back through and read it again picking up on the subtle tones.

Volume one of The Warning is the set up for a much larger story, and I believe it has the potential to be a fantastic saga if volume two can add much more depth to the world and characters we’ve been introduced to. Simply put, when I got to the end of this current story, I wanted more, and I’m excited to see what this story has in store.

The Warning’ volume one is available in stores now and at our affiliate link at ComiXology.

Rating: 3.5/5 Die with Honor

The Warning Vol. 1
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TL;DR

Volume one of The Warning is the set up for a much larger story, and I believe it has the potential to be a fantastic saga if volume two can add much more depth to the world and characters we’ve been introduced to. Simply put, when I got to the end of this current story, I wanted more, and I’m excited to see what this story has in store.