Planet Nestor Presents #1, vol. 1 – Single Issue Planet Nestor Comics Writer:Nestor Williams Penciler:Nestor Williams Colorist:Nestor Williams Letterer:Nestor Williams Reviewer:Derrick T. Crow
Summary:The world of Nestor continues to kick-off as a revelation abounds, the government gets involved and a certain car driver becomes a bigger part of the story than I first imagined he was going to be. In this issue we get the revelation of who Tyranny truly is and a lot more hinting at what kind of story we’re getting ourselves into. And if you don’t remember anything of what I’m talking about, go catch my last Planet Nestor comic review here: Reviews - 10/11/2012 (It’s located at the bottom.)
Review:Normally you would see a spoilers tag above the review line, but this time I am going to try and tackle a story without giving spoilers. We’ll see how long I can drag this out. Planet Nestor is a world born from the mind of one man, art, story and all. And as someone who reads a ton of manga where the majority of books are done by a single person, art, story and all, I feel confident in saying when one attempts to go this way they either lean more towards the story but crappy art, or they have gorgeous art but they’re not great at storytelling. American artists are no exception to this. But that’s the vast majority I have come across, but not everyone is like that. Some do show off that unique ability to balance both storytelling and art. And even though I have only read two comics by him, I hope I am not too early in saying that Nestor Williams is one of these few.
When it comes to art style, I tend to lean toward a sketchier, unfinished look than an over polished; over shiny style (this is how I prefer my anime generally). It actually tends to give the overall look a more detailed design, because you’re seeing something linked to the original small details used in the initial sketch making the overall experience more realistic. Nestor’s art borderlines between sketchy and polished in a way that I personally enjoy, it gives the story a more realistic nature but with bright colors thrown in for a relaxing experience; you can see the thick lines used in sketchy through the colors that gives everything a more detailed sheen and a more fluid motion.
One of the complaints I had about the last issue I reviewed was the odd perspective shots which get a huge boost here, everything looks so much better in regard to perspective so that it gives the story a sort of cinematic look but still feeling realistic. There are parts in the book where it feels as if you’re in the story and the characters are talking to you thanks to grander perspective shots. Another thing that has left us is the giant blocks of text, which were a chore to get through last issue; it’s trimmed down in a way that makes the comic flow better, quicker, but without feeling like it’s missing information. It’s not; it’s a good pace of dialogue.
A few things I did have problems with though were once again the main character on the cover, the lizard dude Keznar is relegated to a minor character. If I’m not mistaken, I think the car driver who I thought would be a one-issue character is the main character. The main character of the story needs to be established soon so the audience knows exactly who they’re rooting for overall. I would’ve also enjoyed the reveal of Tyranny to be a slower build up, while I did enjoy the reveal and the thought of it never actually crossed my mind, leading for a fun surprise for me, it would’ve probably been more intense to have found this out a little more ways down the road.; but that’s more of a nitpick.
The story is beginning to become more government intrigue and espionage than the superhero space story I originally thought it was going to become, I don’t mind this really. I like government intrigue stories, especially when done right. Sure a lot of politics can get involved, but if it became a huge part of the story then so be it, besides involving the government heavily in any story, if done right, can be a good way to teach people better about the government and the way it works.
Overall, a solid beginning with wonderful art and this is starting off the way it ought to. I’m looking forward to seeing where this story goes and I’m personally hoping for more of government intrigue instead of simple bombastic super heroic battles. I can go anywhere for all of that. This is aliens, and I like it. Final Score:4 Blackhawks out of 5 Editor's Note: To pick up your copy of this issue, head over to Planet Nestor!