The Stranded

The Stranded

Mike Carey

From what I understand, this graphic novel serves as a pilot for a series the Sci-Fi channel is picking up as a show.  Everything will be written by Mike Carey, the same man who wrote this volume.  I haven’t been able to find any evidence of a second in the series (besides some weird link to an e-book), but there is a lot of buzz around the net that the show is in the works and should be joining us soon.

I picked this series up because it’s written by the same guy who writes The Unwritten, which I adore.  This comic is fast-paced and action-packed from start to finish.  In a nutshell, it’s about this woman who is in charge of watching over individuals who are leading what they think are normal human lives.  In reality, they’re alien refuges with their memories of home suppressed.  Also, they have super powers.  In this volume, the refuges are being killed off one by one by enemy forces.

I liked the main idea of the story, but I hated the art.  First of all, it was really hard to grab hold on any kind of understanding of what’s going on in the beginning.  I wasn’t sure who I should be rooting for–or even who the main character was.  A lot of times, critical panels seemed to have been skipped, which made the actions of the main character choppy and confusing.

Also, the main baddie looks just like Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII.  No joke–he totally looks like him.  All he needs in a dramatically long sword and flames in the background.  Look:

Part of me hopes this series gets picked up for a show.  The comic feels like it’s a cross between X-Men, Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse.  The only reason I wouldn’t recommend this one out is because there aren’t any more.  It ends like there should be other volumes, but there aren’t.  While this doesn’t mean you should stay away from this good start to the series, be aware any chance of more will only lead to disappointment.

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