Well, isn't this a nifty little gem.
I really like Brent Anderson, a lot. This is some of his earlier work. (I didn't bother to check his history to make sure, but I know I have seen nothing else from him to this point, so I'll just say it's some of his earlier work).
Anyways, it isn't the finished product yet, but he does a very good job here. His art is very effective for the story....which I will now get to.
Aliens have invaded Earth and, while they haven't conquered it, they are sort of in control.
A Dr. Tuolema has invented a method of developing superhumans to fight the aliens....but the process guarantees death within a year to the converts, and it ain't a pretty death (their bodies basically burn out from the inside).
In this issue, the group that the story is centered around (Strikeforce: Morituri---named for the process of superhuman conversion) is still getting used to their new powers and their hatred of "the horde".
After two issues of mostly frustration, they finally get a shot at the enemy.
It is then that a rare, poignant, comic moment happens. The leader of the strikeforce, Harold Everson, begins to burn out on the way to the battle. Now, this is a character who has been the central figure in the comic for the first three issues. In fact, the story has been told through his point of view...and here he is, dying, before he even gets to make the difference he so desperately wanted to make that he would sacrifice his life.
Anyways, they beat the horde. They discover a plot to use human heads to pilot killer robots (not nearly as hokey as it sounds...in fact, it's kinda chilling).
Like I said earlier, Andersons pencils serve the story very well. The laser blasts and explosions and especially the repugnant aliens really come to life. Also, several action scenes are drawn from afar in a sort of Michael Golden style that is very nice to look at.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars.
Pick this series up. You can get it for cheap and you'll be glad you did.