Advance Review: `Corollary’ #1 Doesn’t Add Up

by Tom Smithyman

It is said that each of us has a twin. In the universe of Corollary, that notion is codified. Every person, every planet, every star has a doppelganger. And if the twin dies, the original perishes as well. How does that happen? It’s not entirely clear, as the story’s protagonist, the uninspiredly named Captain Andromeda, comes into the tale having lost her twin.

This premiere issue from Source Point Press introduces us to Andromeda and this binary universe. Binary, that is, except when it isn’t. Plenty of individual characters show up with no explanation of where their twins might be. Adam Rose’s heavy-handed script has Andromeda flying from system to system doing odd jobs until one planet wants to make her rich by understanding how she has survived the death of her twin. They pay her a fortune in return for her precious bodily fluids. Not exactly the stuff of scintillating science fiction.

Artist Robert Ahmad‘s highly stylistic renderings add some life to the otherwise listless story filled with clunky dialogue. Some of the scenes in space are enjoyable, but the depictions of Andromeda’s sister’s losing battle with dinosaur-like gladiator is underwhelming. Ahmad’s colorful artwork looks better suited to a children’s book than a comic series that is supposed to be targeted at adults.

Part of the issue is that the story’s central conceit is told, not shown, to readers. In fact, they are the first words on the first page, unlike the rest of the issue, told to the reader from an omniscient narrator. And while we see a few twin interstellar stations, space dragons and other aliens, the idea is never really paid off – at least in this premiere issue. Will Rose and Ahmad explain the importance of these corollaries in future chapters? The real question is will readers stick around long enough to find out.

Corollary #1 will be available for purchase on April 20, 2022.

Overview

In the Corollary universe, everything has a twin. And when that twin dies, the other perishes as well. That high-concept idea is never really explained in this premiere issue. Unfortunately, an uninspired script doesn’t give readers any reason to stick around to see if the idea ever pays off.

Overall
4/10
4/10
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