Titanium Rain Review

It’s a cool title. Sounds like an 80s pop synth band. Thankfully this new 12 issue series from Arcahia Studios Press has more to offer than that. Husband and wife team Josh Finney and Kat Rocha have something impressive in this book.  It begins in China in 2032 in a hectic firefight before cutting to a group of  pilots waiting for their next big moment. The first thing that strikes in this book is the artwork. Finney and Rocha come from a background of design in the music and gaming worlds, and that unique perspective shows. It’s unlike most of what’s on display in most mainstream comics. There’s no splash pages and cross hatching filled with hero shots. Usually I’m not a fan of photo realistic art. I am a huge fan of Alex Ross (who isn’t?) but the painter still has a magical sense of grandeur in his realism. Here, the pages are crisply coloured and it’s all rather obvious that the majority of the work owes itself to the computer, but that’s not a bad thing at all. I’m guessing models were used, and photos were taken and manipulated for the majority of the book’s look. It works in this tale that reminds me of a Tom Clancy videogame. It could be because I’m playing Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on my Xbox, but I think it has something to do with it’s global politics mixed with manly military terms, tough soldiers and futuristic weapons. There’s a lot of talking here, and most of it is set at a card table as the pilots play as if their lives depended upon it, while discussing the war they’re waiting to get involved in. Despite all the talking, it is still interesting. The dialogue works well though I’m still not sure where it’s all going at this point, which makes for a good first issue. A call to action ends the issue with a welcome change of pace. Titanium Rain is for mature fans of politics and the military mainly, but has a good story which utilises both and themes focused on evolution and human conflict. That, and it’s pretty to look at.

Preview the book here.

Marvel Pics

A few select pictures to satisfy your eyeballs. The third printing cover of Wolverine #66 as part of the future-set Old Man Logan storyline by the Civil War team of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, the second printing of the Secret Invasion tie-in of Black Panther #39 by Jason Aaron and Jefte Palo, with a cover by Jason Pearson and finally a few pages from X-Force #6 by Christopher Yost, Craig Kyle and Clayton Crain.