When a reporter unearths the secret history of the recently deposed dictator of a remote colonized moon, he discovers exposing secrets can deadly.
Collects INVISIBLE REPUBLIC #1-5.
Writer: Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko
Artist: Gabriel Hardman
Why I read it: First off, I love Image Comics. I try to read their stuff every chance I get. Second, the dark and gritty art really pulled me in.
What I thought: I’m glad I read this as a trade. It’s slow paced and I think that if I’d just gotten a single issue that I would have read it and been done. The pacing doesn’t have the same problem in the trade. What I mean by that is it has steady build up to where the first TPB leaves you hanging. It leaves you wanting more. It’s still slow, yet manageable.
Even after one volume, it’s hard to figure out who the story is truly about. Is it about Maia Reveron, the cousin to the Arthur McBride? Or is it going she going to be the vehicle in which Arthur’s story is honestly told with no lies or omissions.
In a world very different from our own, Maia is relatable. I could see myself making the same decisions. I would steal if I absolutely needed to. Given the chance to redeem myself through hard work, I would. I would sacrifice my own wants and needs to protect the people who aided me. But Maia’s drive for freedom? Most everyone would fight and do things they didn’t believe in just to keep freedom, especially in a world where it’s so scarce.
Arthur McBride is a cut throat in a politician’s body. We learn less about him than Maia in this book but we learn that in private he’s willing to do anything, including kill people, to either survive or promote himself in some way. In public, he’s willing to spin the terrible things he’s done into something that was for the welfare of himself or others but never touches the truth.
The reporters who are finding out all this history and reporting on the infamous Arthur McBride are mostly annoying and do little to contribute other than narrating the story in some sense.
The art was very fitting to the story. It set the tone of a dark story that needs to unfold rather than just being told.
It’s worth picking up. Image trades are cheap and I think a lot of people who like dark mysteries will enjoy this. If you’re wanting something fast paced I would sit this one out.
Invisible Republic Volume 1 earns 6/10