Cats Never Stray Far in this Cosmic Tale of Survival

22 Aug

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Released: August 14th, 2019
Spoiler Alert

Dark Horse Comics has not “Strayed” off the beaten path, but is featuring a cat by the name of Lou. Writers Carlos Giffoni and Artist Juan Doe are two-thirds of the team (Matt Krotzer provides the lettering) who crafted a cosmic tale about a kitty who is much more than a familiar to Kiara. She is not a witch, but is rather a member of a scientific team wandering the galaxy. They are a compassionate pair and have little to say in the colony ship they are living in. The military’s plan for how to terraform other worlds for human recolonization is just not right.

We know cats have many skills they cultivated since the days of neanderthal (and Ancient Egypt). If the creators plan on drawing any ideas from these past civilizations in future issues, I will wait in bated breath. I adore cats and know just how important they were back then. As for their role, some people believe they can see into the future and other paranormal things.

They can easily navigate the Astral plane as Giffoni’s tale reveals. It’s a dangerous world to get lost in. Lou encounters any supernatural foes, and just how he can survive… well, he’s a scout for the fleet, looking for a safe world for them to take harbour in. But as for the dangers that still lay ahead, how fast will he lose his nine lives?

I’m reading the first issue a week after its release so I can talk about one particular spoiler. These cats are bio-engineered. A cat’s vision is far superior than a human and they see night as day. Perhaps it can help in some military operation yet to be revealed. As the title suggests, perhaps Lou and Kiara will part ways from their organization and have to eek out life on their own (after saving the day of course).

Doe’s artwork is fantastic. The use of red and green hues is most likely intentional to evoke an ethereal quality. In what makes this comic book release unique is the inclusion of a techno-organic soundtrack which will accompany each issue. To say it’s simply cosmic is not enough, and the first track is available to listen on https://carlosgiffoni.bandcamp.com/releases

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