W – Carlos Giffoni
A – Juan Doe
L – Matt Krotzer
An astral projecting cat you say? Ok, let’s take a dive into Strayed and see just what in the heck is going on. Regardless of what you’re expecting I’m pretty sure you’ll be surprised at what you find. The book does deliver on something that I think everyone is expecting though. The astral projecting cat? Yeah those scenes are exactly what you’re wanting. The entirety of the issue is hard to pin down though. Not because it’s confusing or poorly done mind, but because there’s choices to be made with how this plays out and the first issue leaves a hell of a lot of that work to be done. That’s not a bad thing but I do feel readers that are wanting a bit more given to them won’t stick around for the rest of the story.
Hopefully folks will stick around because there’s plenty to unravel in Strayed. The two main plot points are about as opposing in nature as you can get. On the one hand we’ve got the dark and gloomy overlording colonizers in the form of an unrelenting militant outfit. The other hand shows the loving and deep connection between us and animals. The two are intertwined in a delicate portrayal of the dual edged sword of discovery. The militant regime is in search of new planets to colonize and harvest. They want to engulf the entirety of the resources of the universe for themselves. Peachy yeah? It’s balanced by the intimate moments and truly well crafted care that is put in the relationship between our very special cat and its owner.
The debut issue introduces not just the universal themes of love, compassion, hope, friendship, and the desire to overcome ruthless oppressors but also an exploration of violent colonialism. The twines which Strayed can play with are numerous and the direction they choose to go may just lend to a truly unique manner for addressing prevailing issues in the history of human expansion. There is a very real and logical thought process about how humankind will dry up Earth and expand outward into the stars. The guise of expansion and discovering has been used time and time again by numerous civilizations throughout human history to hide more sinister intentions. They’ve also been true intentions that fell sour to unfortunate turns of circumstance.
Using intimate moments clashed against violent outbursts has helped Strayed touch on its many themes in order to get readers revved up for the story to come. The book provides the visuals to deliver the cosmic scale of implication behind the colonizing militant outfit. The projection of Lou [our catty friend] is every bit as zany and sci-fitastic as you’d expect. Everything about the presentation of the outward and otherworldly aspects that Lou encounters in the astral projecting comes across as appropriately foreign and familiar. Discrete decision making in selecting “targets” reinforces the heavy thought put behind this story. For me, there are already seeds sown with Lou and how these projections may play out as we get deeper into the story.
The exploitation that lies within colonization cannot be avoided regardless of how “well and true” the intentions behind it may be. Not everything is good for all involved. That is the very nature of nature. Inherently it isn’t good or bad. It simply is. The intent in our [or in this case an entity] thoughts and actions is what derives the good or bad in things. Seeking and taking simply because you can overtakes the need of doing so no matter how true that need is. There is never a need to be cruel when in a position of power. There is never a need to hold individuals [or animals] against their will. There is never a need to force actions against the will of those performing them.
The fight between the good intended and those not is surely coming and the intro to this battle has me hooked for more.
Out NCBD August 21st!