Wretches Vol. 1 by James E. Roche is an intriguing looking project with tonnes of potential, and feels like what would happen if Bladerunner and The Terminator were smashed together. It is choc-full of action, great designs, and comes with a narrative that would be most pleasing to fans of the science-fiction genre. I have little doubt that the project will find its audience throughout its run on Kickstarter, and I’d be both surprised and disappointed if this great looking project doesn’t get funded! So much work has clearly gone into making it look both great and appealing and that comes across really well on the campaign page.
I think a lot of crowdfunding comic book projects could learn something from this Kickstarter campaign, and in my opinion this is how every campaign should be set up. From the get go the campaign video tells you everything you need to know about the project – what it’s about; the themes, the story, the characters, all lain over a video of the comic brought to life, and the page explores it in more detail. No stone has been left unturned with this, it lets you in on everything from the story to what the funding will actually go on, something that most projects have difficulty conveying to potential backers, which makes this one a winner in my books.
The story revolves around two characters, Shea & Sean, a brother and sister team who have been together forever and become, brace yourself, Robot Bounty Hunters! See in this universe, humans have generally been accepted by other worlds, but robots, well, not so much, and for this reason they’re hunted down and destroyed. This has led to wars between robots and humans, and so much more lore that it’ll make your head explode. It’s such a fascinating premise that powers the plot, which really, kicks off when Sean is kidnapped and Shea has to tear the galaxy apart to find him. I would read the hell out of this project for the conflict between robots and humans alone, and I can’t wait for it to find its initial funding!
There are also preview pages available on the campaign page as well, which look very professionally done in their style and are expertly written. There’s a real gritty feel to the pages, like old school Star Wars comics that know the universe shouldn’t look fresh and clean, that it needs to be old and dirty and well-lived in, which is really really welcome. It’s the kind of thing that can only come from a team that has a clear passion for what they’re doing and a true talent for their work. Salo Farias has done an amazing job in bringing this story to life, and once again, it feels like a project where the art and story go hand-in-hand!
To round off the whole thing though, Wretches gets two thumbs up from me. It looks original, which is rare in this world of comic books, and has a damn intriguing premise, which is what most backers look to when looking for new projects to invest in. There’s a lot of potential here, and I for one cannot wait to give it a read!
You can find the link to the Kickstarter Page right here!