Whose ready for another blast of ’90s nostalgia? Independence Day… awwww… Will Smith and Jeff Goldbloom sucking on cigars. Aliens trying to take over earth. People everywhere getting together and saving the planet. Oh, the ’90s, how naïve you were. This week we get to take on underwater aliens in Independence Day: Resurgence, which is produced by Titan Comics.
The Battle of Independence Day isn’t over yet…
Set July 4th, 1996, this story happens directly after what transpired in the movie. The mothership was just destroyed, and one of the ships that was hovering in orbit over the earth has descended into the Atlantic Ocean. That’s where Joshua Adams, our main protagonist, enters the picture. Adams is an official in the army, and is being sent in to “finish business”. Adams and a small team arrive via helicopter onto a submarine (which for some reason doesn’t have a name; like I’ve tried searching for it everywhere and cannot find it to save my life). The sub crash dives, to the dismay of Adams who is utterly petrified of water.
The Lady has a point! Give her a cookie…
Adams and the members of his crew change into dry clothes and lay out the battle plans for this excursion. Basically the Battle of Independence Day was a huge win for the Human population, with every other alien ship being destroyed, all except the one that is now just sitting on the Atlantic Ocean floor kicking up it’s feet and making it’s self at home. That can’t stand. So this submarine is going to take on this alien ship in an underwater battle to finish the war.
On their way to the alien ship, the crew runs into two alien drone ships. There is a skirmish where the two drones are destroyed, and Adams takes over control of the situation. After the drones are destroyed, the captain resumes control and says that if there are anymore drones sighted, instead of fighting, they are going to give them the silent treatment, by sitting on the ocean floor with everyone holding there breathe.
Thar She Blows…
Sometime later, the submarine gets visual of the downed alien ship. They decide to send in a “guppy” to get in close and recon the situation. The team gets a visual that there was damage to the alien’s communication array, and there is a giant hole in the ships hull. Adams, who again is suppose to be absolutely terrified of large bodies of water, decides to take a small team of marines aboard of the alien ship via the damage to the hull. They get suited up, and begin making their trek toward the ship. Adams and the team of marines arrive, and are instantly assaulted by an alien’s screech. This is where they decide to leave off.
A Face Only a Mother Could Love…
Let me start off with what I thought was good about this comic. The artwork was absolutely fantastic. Steve Scott and Stefani Rennee do a fantastic job. The colors are vivid and the small details are abundant. It also has this “Borderlands” feel that I love. I am truly amazed at how much effort and precision was put into the artwork.
The work of Scott and Rennee is close to saving this, but the writing is bad, and by bad, I mean pretty awful. Victor Gischler is a brilliant writer, headlining some of the Deadpool series, Hellbound, and Noir. He just seems out of his element with this comic. Here are a few examples:
1: There are little to no details, like the submarines name. These things give your universe life.
2: Sending an army official who is completely afraid of water onto a submarine with a doctor.
3: Having said army official and doctor completely take over control of said submarine at every single turn.
4: Having said army official who is completely afraid of water, to constantly overcome said fear on a moments notice, with little effort.
There are just too many things amiss for this comic to really flow. I mean the pacing of the story is fine. The action comes in, and is fluid. The major details are all there, and make sense. It just doesn’t feel well rounded. The small details don’t quite line up with everything that is happening in the forefront. Let me put it this way, let’s say instead of sending in Adams and the marines towards the end, just send in the marines. This forces us to see Adams change a bit to get into the water, making it feel like he really is afraid. These are just my complaints, but I just expected something more coming from Gischler.
In conclusion, this is a decent comic. Read it with a focus towards the art, not completely on the story. Don’t look for something that will add a ton towards the “Independence Day” universe. Read it as its own story, something fresh, and don’t look for something with a ton of depth. If you want something that expands the universe, this comic isn’t for you.