From the creative team of Chip Zdarsky and  Kagan McLeod, April 22nd sees the release of the new Image Comics title Kaptara. I’m lucky enough to have gotten a sneak peek at issue #1, so I thought letting all of you fine people out there know just how good this title is (without spoiling anything) would be a good idea.

First, it should be no surprise that this creative team is a home run. Kagan McLeod’s art will most likely be familiar to you from Infinite Kung Fu, and having it applied to a science fiction adventure is pretty rad. I think McLeod’s illustration style really harnesses what is being put forth here, fantastical beasts, lands and characters – all drawn in a way the eye can easily get lost in. Secondly, Chip Zdarsky’s writing shouldn’t need an introduction. You’ve all read Howard the Duck…RIGHT? Bottom line is that Kaptara is definitely funny, no real surprise there. What is does best however, is present a great adventure story that quickly establishes characters and universe in an effective manner.


Wonderful start here from all angles.

I’m not going to give away any plot details here, but I’ll do my best to paint you an abstract image. An original series Star Trek aesthetic, which might be more fair to call it a “1970’s Sci-Fi” aesthetic, but you get the point I’m sure. I was reminded of a few different things while reading the first issue, the original Planet of the Apes, Event Horizon, and even Interstellar in a few panels. I’m not sure if these things were an inspiration – but if a science fiction story invokes these titles, that’s pretty darn great.

The characterization is really good, and all that are introduced have their own unique voice. Issue one of any title is a little early to make any claims that I “care” about any characters, but what I can say is that there is some interesting world-building going on, and I can’t wait to see what comes next. There are some things hinted at and played with here that I’m really looking forward to.

So that’s all you’re getting folks. You’ll have to come in to your local Big B Comics and grab a copy of Kaptara #1 on April 22nd.


Now the best part

If your local Big B Comics store happens to be Hamilton (or you can make it out to Hamilton) come on in and meet the creative team behind Kaptara! Kagan McLeod and Chip Zdarsky will be at our Hamilton location signing/sketching/being all around terrific guys on launch day from 10am to 5pm! Keep your eyes fixed on our website/facebook/twitter/whathaveyou for further details or any changes!