Advance Review: ‘Cosmic Debris’ #1 Has Flaws And Potential

by Benjamin Hall


Fantastical fighting mermaids, massive robots, along with aliens and gods inhabit this universe. Despite struggles and destitution affecting most bounty hunters Randall Crux and the cybernetic Cleaves press on. Whether one cares for them or not their abilities at bounty hunting are inarguable. Yet, will their next job be more than they can expect?


This first issue of Cosmic Debris is definitely an independent comic in style and execution. Meaning that it arguably shouldn’t face the same scale of judgement as a corporate comic book.

When it comes to the work of writer Stu Perrins the dialogue is of a medium quality. This is due to a few misspellings, with one being absent a letter and the other having the wrong letter. Yet, Perrins does create a lot of lore to possibly explore in future issues and spin-off series. Perrins also creates dialogue that feels believable even when he is making it up. Not to mention that while Perrins dips into some common tropes and clichés he does manage to bend one or two. He also successfully manages to introduce what is possibly the entirety of the main cast.

Cosmic Debris #1 (2022) cover art by John E. Murphy

Letterer Rob Jones does a good job with sizing the text. The placement of word balloons and boxes is definitely another one of his strengths. Jones also uses an intriguing font in the boxes at the beginning. There is also a decent attempt at emphasizing the text by bolding bits of it. However, there is definitely at least one bit that has too much emphasis. Also Jones along with Perrins does fail to notice that one word that is absent a letter. Nevertheless, Jones does a decent enough job that one can argue it is in the high to medium range of quality.

Artist John E. Murphy has a style that is like currently a cross between the respective animations styles of Squadbillies (2005-2021) and Home Movies (2001-2004). Thus, it is not of the highest quality, but it should please fans of those shows. Murphy also seems to understand how to create depth while giving a sense of height. He does a relatively great 1950s B-Movie poster type cover design. Unfortunately, like Perrins and Jones there are respective weak areas, such as facial expressions, that need practice.

Cosmic Debris #1 comes out Wednesday November 23rd from Markosia Enterprises.

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