I've reviewed a number of comics written by Simon Birks and when he asked if I'd be interested in checking out the debut issue of, "Antarctica," I eagerly said I'd read it. Published by Image's Top Cow imprint and featuring art by Willi Roberts, this is a strange sci-fi adventure that seems to be heading in one direction before swerving into another interesting plot. The comic centers on a young woman named Hannah Curtis whose father disappeared one day but last had been working at a remote research base in Antarctica. Through a lot of hard work and tenacity Hannah ends up being able to get a job there and the comic seems to be hinting we'll follow Hannah as she unwinds a missing-person mystery. However, as the issue concludes it seems she might be getting a lot of answers quite quickly--just from a strange source that might involve time travel, aliens, or alternate universes--we shall see!
I quite enjoyed this first issue of, "Antarctica," with Birks and Robers spending a good deal of time making us care about Hannah as we lead into the main plot and mystery once she gets to Antarctica. Once the wonky sci-fi stuff starts happening Roberts does a lovely job illustrating it and I'm excited to see what exactly is going on in Antarctica based on the cliffhanger at the issue's end! The comic is set to be five issues and the debut of this mini-series hits stores on July 12th, so you don't have to wait long to get a copy at your comic shop--something I'd recommend!
5 out of 5 stars.