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"Rogue Planet is an old-fashioned throwback to wild science fiction sagas of yesteryear, punctuated with unbridled storytelling and bold, imaginative artwork." — SyFy Wire Rogue Planet is a twisting descent into cosmic horror from an all-star creative team including the writer of the runaway hit The Sixth Gun and the artist of Doctor Strange! Salvage vessel Cortes tracks t "Rogue Planet is an old-fashioned throwback to wild science fiction sagas of yesteryear, punctuated with unbridled storytelling and bold, imaginative artwork." — SyFy Wire Rogue Planet is a twisting descent into cosmic horror from an all-star creative team including the writer of the runaway hit The Sixth Gun and the artist of Doctor Strange! Salvage vessel Cortes tracks the Lonely Orphan, a planet with no star system to call its own. Somewhere on this hostile rock is a payload fit for a king. To attain it, though, the crew of the Cortes must brave razor rock, poisonous vapors, treacherous footing, and… the most mind-numbing horrors imaginable. Struggling to stay alive, they are beset at every turn by horrors from their own nightmares. Now, they have discovered that they are not alone on the planet, and the other inhabitants welcome them… as sacrifices to an elder god. Stranded on a vicious, murderous, seemingly intelligent planet, the crew of the Cortes must reevaluate what it truly means to survive, and what they are willing to do in order to spare their own lives. 


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"Rogue Planet is an old-fashioned throwback to wild science fiction sagas of yesteryear, punctuated with unbridled storytelling and bold, imaginative artwork." — SyFy Wire Rogue Planet is a twisting descent into cosmic horror from an all-star creative team including the writer of the runaway hit The Sixth Gun and the artist of Doctor Strange! Salvage vessel Cortes tracks t "Rogue Planet is an old-fashioned throwback to wild science fiction sagas of yesteryear, punctuated with unbridled storytelling and bold, imaginative artwork." — SyFy Wire Rogue Planet is a twisting descent into cosmic horror from an all-star creative team including the writer of the runaway hit The Sixth Gun and the artist of Doctor Strange! Salvage vessel Cortes tracks the Lonely Orphan, a planet with no star system to call its own. Somewhere on this hostile rock is a payload fit for a king. To attain it, though, the crew of the Cortes must brave razor rock, poisonous vapors, treacherous footing, and… the most mind-numbing horrors imaginable. Struggling to stay alive, they are beset at every turn by horrors from their own nightmares. Now, they have discovered that they are not alone on the planet, and the other inhabitants welcome them… as sacrifices to an elder god. Stranded on a vicious, murderous, seemingly intelligent planet, the crew of the Cortes must reevaluate what it truly means to survive, and what they are willing to do in order to spare their own lives. 

30 review for Rogue Planet

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Where's Sigourney Weaver when you need her? Rogue Planet is a graphic sci-fi horror about a planet that kind of swallows up invaders or rather parasitically engulfs their hosts. Not necessarily a thrill ride, but not bad. Where's Sigourney Weaver when you need her? Rogue Planet is a graphic sci-fi horror about a planet that kind of swallows up invaders or rather parasitically engulfs their hosts. Not necessarily a thrill ride, but not bad.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    In the years after the release of Alien, there was a slew of cheaply produced Alien rip-offs (Inseminoid and Xtro are two that come readily to mind). They all had their cheapness and derivativeness as a common factor. Rogue Planet reads like the comic version of such an Alien rip-off. Even worse, it goes a bit Prometheus/Covenant on us. So there's a rogue planet, which is a planet that has left its orbit and isn't bound to a star (which immediately threw up the question where the lightfall on thi In the years after the release of Alien, there was a slew of cheaply produced Alien rip-offs (Inseminoid and Xtro are two that come readily to mind). They all had their cheapness and derivativeness as a common factor. Rogue Planet reads like the comic version of such an Alien rip-off. Even worse, it goes a bit Prometheus/Covenant on us. So there's a rogue planet, which is a planet that has left its orbit and isn't bound to a star (which immediately threw up the question where the lightfall on this planet is coming from). The not-Nostromo approaches said rogue planet because it is emitting a signal, and there might be some good stuff to mine or something. So we get a bunch of interchangeable space men and women, and one of the book's two interesting ideas is introduced - these people are put into hypersleep, and while unconscious then are operated by the ship AI to complete chores around said ship (the space people call it 'zom-time', which is just terrible). In that idea a lot of interesting horror lies! What if your body is used to do something horrible while you're asleep? Nothing like that is explored. As soon as we're on the planet, the Prometheus-ness kicks in, with the crew making stupid decisions to move the plot along, and generally not act like human beings. Shortly after part of the crew is exploring the planet, they encounter a huge fleshy meatblob with lungs, at which they go "Ah! They look like lungs!" and instantly return to what they were doing. It also doesn't help that the next meatblob they encounter looks like a tray of mincemeat with googly eyes stuck on. The art isn't great, and manages to look cheap. The lighting has zero atmosphere, and everything looks flat (which is especially weird if Alien really was one of the inspirations, a film that hangs on its lighting and atmosphere). I sometimes get the feeling that Cullen Bunn, the author of this book, has too readily accepted his role of horror comics author, and without being too presumptuous, it would perhaps help his writing if he spent more time writing non-horror work. (Received an ARC through NetGalley)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kadi P

    *Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.* This was pretty great! It didn't make as much sense as it could've, but in the end it all tied together rather nicely. The art, and colours in particular, were beautiful which was a huge plus for me. That and the fast-paced action was what really kept me wanting to read more I liked the sprinkling of characterisation that was given as it could've easily just been gore and plot. There was a nice *Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.* This was pretty great! It didn't make as much sense as it could've, but in the end it all tied together rather nicely. The art, and colours in particular, were beautiful which was a huge plus for me. That and the fast-paced action was what really kept me wanting to read more I liked the sprinkling of characterisation that was given as it could've easily just been gore and plot. There was a nice mix of characters, perhaps too many that I didn't actually keep track of some of them and the extra crew members should've just been cut, but the ones that were important stood out. So, all in all, a good comic and an enjoyable read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.

    3.5 stars This was strange story that I enjoyed, for the most part. The crew of a salvage vessel end up on a planet that they intend to pilfer for whatever they can find. What they didn’t expect to find was a planet that could physically manifest the fears in your mind. This of course leads to death and some gore and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I didn’t really care for the ending. I understood it but it also felt a little contrived and a little preachy which feels like it comes comple 3.5 stars This was strange story that I enjoyed, for the most part. The crew of a salvage vessel end up on a planet that they intend to pilfer for whatever they can find. What they didn’t expect to find was a planet that could physically manifest the fears in your mind. This of course leads to death and some gore and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I didn’t really care for the ending. I understood it but it also felt a little contrived and a little preachy which feels like it comes completely out of nowhere. I would still recommend if you enjoy sci-fi/horror graphic novels. ARC via Netgalley

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emmett

    *I received a free ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You could probably judge a book by its cover in this case, as it was about what I expected. I thought the story and art were fun. The coloring was great. It was a creepy, quick read, but not something that leaves a lasting impression. Like a mix of Prometheus and a gory, gross B-movie- I could see this being made into a decent horror flick. The pacing was too fast to really allow for any suspense, but it was still a *I received a free ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You could probably judge a book by its cover in this case, as it was about what I expected. I thought the story and art were fun. The coloring was great. It was a creepy, quick read, but not something that leaves a lasting impression. Like a mix of Prometheus and a gory, gross B-movie- I could see this being made into a decent horror flick. The pacing was too fast to really allow for any suspense, but it was still a fun ride!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    In space no one can hear you sigh when yet another Cullen Bunn horror launch underwhelms you. The problem with SF horror is that the parameters of what's normal to spacefarers need to be established before we can be clear what's meant to be a violation of that, and to some extent why. So here, one of the best ideas is introduced early, which is that while the crew are in suspended animation, their bodies will still occasionally surface and, in a zombie-like state, maintain the ship. That this ha In space no one can hear you sigh when yet another Cullen Bunn horror launch underwhelms you. The problem with SF horror is that the parameters of what's normal to spacefarers need to be established before we can be clear what's meant to be a violation of that, and to some extent why. So here, one of the best ideas is introduced early, which is that while the crew are in suspended animation, their bodies will still occasionally surface and, in a zombie-like state, maintain the ship. That this happens without them ageing doesn't make a great deal of sense, but I can overlook that, because it's interesting, it's creepy, and it fits both with the original idea of the zombie, and with modern capitalism. But having established that, for these same people later to come out with "They're dead! How are they moving if they're dead?" – which would be a perfectly sensible reaction in a present-day zombie story – doesn't work. That's the most glaring example, but not the only one. So we see that the crew are all human, and we get from dialogue that space work, while sometimes stressful and dangerous, is also fairly boring. From context, it's pretty clear that crewmates becoming weird inside-out organ monsters is as unexpected and unpleasant as it would be for us. But the humanoid aliens they meet, who seem to worship the monsters – is that something they're used to? If Bunn knew the answer to that, he didn't convey it on these pages. Nor does Andy MacDonald's art really sell the sheer wrongness necessary to make the body horror work, so at that stage any emotional connection to what happens is relying on caring about the characters. Alas, none of them really made any impact on me either, not even the guy who, whenever all seems lost, starts reminding himself of all the women who'd be heartbroken if he died. It all wraps up with a very pat 'aaaah', and I feel no great danger of being haunted by it in years to come. Bunn has done some quality horror books in his time, but perhaps the real monster was the lack of quality control he met along the way. (Netgalley ARC)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Avani ✨

    Rogue Planet by Cullen Bunn, Andy MacDonald, Nick Filardi is a Sci-Fi graphic novel / comic. The book starts with a bunch of astronauts going into space and suddenly finding an abandoned planet. Salvage vessel Cortes tracks the Lonely Orphan, a planet with no star system to call its own. The graphic of this book was very harsh. I do not wish to read such Alien rip off books to be honest. The crew did not seem professional at all. The alien or whoever that creepy looking thing on the planet was st Rogue Planet by Cullen Bunn, Andy MacDonald, Nick Filardi is a Sci-Fi graphic novel / comic. The book starts with a bunch of astronauts going into space and suddenly finding an abandoned planet. Salvage vessel Cortes tracks the Lonely Orphan, a planet with no star system to call its own. The graphic of this book was very harsh. I do not wish to read such Alien rip off books to be honest. The crew did not seem professional at all. The alien or whoever that creepy looking thing on the planet was starts to fight. No time to actually develop the universe in the book. The crew actually first resembles them as Lungs!! I mean "Are You Serious?" why would you want to call it that. It was gross and not at all entertaining. How did that one crew members disappears and stays back in the rogue planet isn't clear. I did not like this book. _____ Thank You to NetGalley and Publisher for sending an eARC in exchange for a honest opinion.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I received an ARC copy of Rogue Planet from Netgalley in return for an honest review. Rogue Planet is a sci-fi horror story. I enjoyed it, but it didn't wow me. Positives I enjoyed the aesthetic of this book. The spaceship and its interior seem influenced by the Nostromo from Alien. Similarly, the arrival of humans on an alien inhabited planet that goes pear-shaped bears more resemblance to Aliens or Prometheus. The world-building in this book is very light outside this specific planet, but I did I received an ARC copy of Rogue Planet from Netgalley in return for an honest review. Rogue Planet is a sci-fi horror story. I enjoyed it, but it didn't wow me. Positives I enjoyed the aesthetic of this book. The spaceship and its interior seem influenced by the Nostromo from Alien. Similarly, the arrival of humans on an alien inhabited planet that goes pear-shaped bears more resemblance to Aliens or Prometheus. The world-building in this book is very light outside this specific planet, but I did get similar vibes of late capitalism in space as with the Aliens universe. As the horror in space combination is something I like, this book worked for me. I read comics for the art, so I'm always going to have a soft spot for books that nail that aspect even if the writing is not brilliant. Rogue Planet definitely scratches the itch for art (with some minor quibbles), particularly the covers. Although most of the story didn't blow me away (see below), the reveal of the mystery at the end was a definite highlight. I'm not sure I would call it a twist, but it was creative regardless. Negatives The pacing for this seems a bit off. The characters drop down onto the planet and are immediately beset by horrors. I would've preferred a slow burn on revealing the horror aspects. I usually lean towards those stories that amp up the tension by hiding the monster for most of story, rather than those that reveal the monster early on and then rely on it to carry the horror element by itself. It's rare that the monster-revealed is as terrifying as the monster imagined. In this instance, we have a lot that happens/is revealed in Issue #1. The general story is well-worn and with the exception of the reveal, I don't think this did much new. This doesn't bother me too much, but I would call it a negative. My bigger complaint is more that the characters have left little to no lasting impact. I don't think I could name a single one. Admittedly, that's also true for the majority of players in other horror works. I said I loved the art, but I will say that certain representations of the antagonists fell flat. They just look like bunches of intestines. Would have preferred something a bit different. Conclusion I loved the art and overall aesthetic, but the writing and characters could have been better. Rating: 3.5

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shruti Z

    #review |📖|Book - Rogue Planet by Cullen Burn |📃|Pages - 140 pages |🧭|Avg. T - 40 minutes Genre - Sci-fic graphic novel A group of Salvagers from spaceship of Cortes finds signals from a bright red rock planet, A Lonely Orphan. They jump right in thinking of getting their hands on payload of their life until go horribly wrong on Rogue Planet. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 WOW, just freakin WOW. I picked up Rogue Planet simply because of its enticing cover and show stopping graphic (lit. Left every reads and started on #review |📖|Book - Rogue Planet by Cullen Burn |📃|Pages - 140 pages |🧭|Avg. T - 40 minutes Genre - Sci-fic graphic novel A group of Salvagers from spaceship of Cortes finds signals from a bright red rock planet, A Lonely Orphan. They jump right in thinking of getting their hands on payload of their life until go horribly wrong on Rogue Planet. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 WOW, just freakin WOW. I picked up Rogue Planet simply because of its enticing cover and show stopping graphic (lit. Left every reads and started on this!) It surprised me though, pleasantly to be sure claiming its place as best book of November (except Christie) The crew consists of a typical adventure group who gets in trouble because of their leader's headstrong belief that nothing could go wrong under his command and foolishness in ignoring signs that would later seal the fate of the crew. Glory turned to be most paranoid and one of my fav characters with her relentless drive to do right what has wronged. No more no less she was thoughtful, braveand selfless. The second character would be Cooper. What to expect in Rogue Planet? (Aliens, horrible monsters, stranded on planet, human greed leading to destruction and a story with reminder to humanity of horrors we can create. I got the book from Netgalley and damn i'm up for more

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    Thank you to NetGalley and Oni-Lion Forge Publishing for a chance to read and review! Rogue Planet intrigued me as soon as I set eyes on the cover. Andy Macdonald that real quirky sci-fi flare that I love to see in space themed graphic novels. Rogue Planet is simply: weird (but you know I love weird). It follows the crew of the salvage vessel Cortés as they land on a rogue planet after receiving a distress signal. The crew arrive hoping to make big money from salvaging the wreckage they expect to Thank you to NetGalley and Oni-Lion Forge Publishing for a chance to read and review! Rogue Planet intrigued me as soon as I set eyes on the cover. Andy Macdonald that real quirky sci-fi flare that I love to see in space themed graphic novels. Rogue Planet is simply: weird (but you know I love weird). It follows the crew of the salvage vessel Cortés as they land on a rogue planet after receiving a distress signal. The crew arrive hoping to make big money from salvaging the wreckage they expect to see, but instead find themselves in a life or death situation. Without spoiling the novel, I can’t go in to detail of the plot. But what I can say is that Rogue Planet was a freak-you-out kind of deal. The prologue scene immediately sets the tone for the story to come, showing infatuation, obsessive worship and violence. And from there on it’s a wild ride. There is an obstacle at every turn for the crew, and a unique concept behind the goings on in this novel. This is the kind of story you could imagine HBO picking up and making in to a smash hit TV series. The only downside for me is that the story did move along very quickly, and I could have done with a few more panels on some scenes. Overall though, I enjoyed Rogue Planet, and would recommend it to sci-fi lovers who don’t mind graphic gore and language.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Raychel

    This was fun but it felt really incomplete. 140 pages of graphic novel is an incredibly small span to be working with, but other authors have formed a complete story--even if it's just a portion of the universe in which it occurs. When I read the first few pages, I expected this to be an ongoing story based on the immediate set up and I'm disappointed at the end that everything seems to be contained in this one collection. From the first issue, there was a *lot* going on without any instant expl This was fun but it felt really incomplete. 140 pages of graphic novel is an incredibly small span to be working with, but other authors have formed a complete story--even if it's just a portion of the universe in which it occurs. When I read the first few pages, I expected this to be an ongoing story based on the immediate set up and I'm disappointed at the end that everything seems to be contained in this one collection. From the first issue, there was a *lot* going on without any instant explanation. And that's totally fine! I enjoy when stories gradually reveal themselves, but this one felt rushed. In the end, I think I have an outline of what happened in the story with some gorgeous art. There aren't enough details to complete a full, comprehensive picture here--at least not the one I wanted based on my initial expectations. The story was 2 stars because it felt incomplete and the stunning, horrifying illustrations elevated it to a solid 3 stars. *I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    Bunn can be a good writer when he wants to be, but it really feels like he's stretching himself too thin on a lot of the books he writes, and Rogue Planet is no exception. This is just a mish-mash of sci-fi horror concepts that have been done elsewhere and better (Event Horizon, Aliens, Prometheus, The Thing, etc.). The crew of a nondescript spaceship lands on an uncharted planet full of the wreckage of other spaceships (hmm...is it a good idea to stick around?) and decides there might be all so Bunn can be a good writer when he wants to be, but it really feels like he's stretching himself too thin on a lot of the books he writes, and Rogue Planet is no exception. This is just a mish-mash of sci-fi horror concepts that have been done elsewhere and better (Event Horizon, Aliens, Prometheus, The Thing, etc.). The crew of a nondescript spaceship lands on an uncharted planet full of the wreckage of other spaceships (hmm...is it a good idea to stick around?) and decides there might be all sorts of treasures for the taking. But it appears that this planet can literally bring your worst fears to life. This is a decidedly two-star story, but the artwork by Andy MacDonald brings it up a star. Nothing new to see here, but you might enjoy it if you want something quick to read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I received this as an eARC to read for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for giving me access. Where to begin....the moment I was getting into this, it was over. I was left wanting more. More story, more backstory, just more. The story was hard to follow and I wasn't 100% sure what was happening until over half way in. The artwork and idea of the storyline was great. I received this as an eARC to read for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for giving me access. Where to begin....the moment I was getting into this, it was over. I was left wanting more. More story, more backstory, just more. The story was hard to follow and I wasn't 100% sure what was happening until over half way in. The artwork and idea of the storyline was great.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elke

    A decent sci-fi horror plot that lives from its awesome illustrations, which were the main reason for me to read this latest work by the author. I just love his style, and the 'Rogue Planet' makes no exception. (thanks to netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of the book, all opinions are my own) A decent sci-fi horror plot that lives from its awesome illustrations, which were the main reason for me to read this latest work by the author. I just love his style, and the 'Rogue Planet' makes no exception. (thanks to netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of the book, all opinions are my own)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Etienne

    Way better than expected! I was going in it kind of blind and not expecting much, but it was a lot of fun. Science-fiction horror with big cosmic lovecraftian monster of some sort. Nothing groundbreaking but a fun and entertaining comic which was well done! I enjoy it!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    At first I felt like this Horror SciFi was playing too heavily off of the scripts of those that came before it but it ended up with a few nicely placed twists that helped set it apart. Very well illustrated too. Really enjoyed this.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Standard sci-fi horror comic, that takes risks with how derivative it gets before it proves it's not completely an Alien rip-off. It's certainly not sinfully bad, but it's certainly no great shakes. Standard sci-fi horror comic, that takes risks with how derivative it gets before it proves it's not completely an Alien rip-off. It's certainly not sinfully bad, but it's certainly no great shakes.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Actual rating 3.5 I came in expecting sci-fi horror and that is what I got. There was plenty of blood and gore and death. I really enjoyed much of what I read; however, I didn't really understand it either. One character was obviously trying to inform us, as the reader, about why stuff was happening. But it was still so vague and I didn't understand. My enjoyment of this was definitely tempered by the fact that I was confused and wanted more of an explanation for what was going on. Thank you to the Actual rating 3.5 I came in expecting sci-fi horror and that is what I got. There was plenty of blood and gore and death. I really enjoyed much of what I read; however, I didn't really understand it either. One character was obviously trying to inform us, as the reader, about why stuff was happening. But it was still so vague and I didn't understand. My enjoyment of this was definitely tempered by the fact that I was confused and wanted more of an explanation for what was going on. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing the E-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ben Arzate

    Full Review A solid work of sci-fi horror. Full Review A solid work of sci-fi horror.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Luke

    I'll be 100% honest here! I loved this book! 😀😀 it was amazing 👏 it had the feeling and theme the original alien had, where a team follows a distress signal to a planet and they get more than they bargained for! That and mixed in with the speare by Michael crichton, where all your fears come real, the planet feeds off emotion and in turn amplifies that to real life! The art is beautiful! the gore is amazing, honestly one of the best short graphic novels I've read this year 😀😀 4.5/5 Stars GoodRead I'll be 100% honest here! I loved this book! 😀😀 it was amazing 👏 it had the feeling and theme the original alien had, where a team follows a distress signal to a planet and they get more than they bargained for! That and mixed in with the speare by Michael crichton, where all your fears come real, the planet feeds off emotion and in turn amplifies that to real life! The art is beautiful! the gore is amazing, honestly one of the best short graphic novels I've read this year 😀😀 4.5/5 Stars GoodReads ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 94/100 buckets of blood 🩸

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melvyn

    A fresh take on classic horror sci-fi ! This graphic novel explores the themes of space travel, novel planet and alien discovery with a twist of thrilling suspense and horrific outcomes. It has great artwork with extremely detailed graphic monstrosities, unfortunately for those who hope for a good night sleep after this. Although a very original plot that follows a classic approach of science-fiction space discovery, the story was a little all over the place and I personally would have preferred A fresh take on classic horror sci-fi ! This graphic novel explores the themes of space travel, novel planet and alien discovery with a twist of thrilling suspense and horrific outcomes. It has great artwork with extremely detailed graphic monstrosities, unfortunately for those who hope for a good night sleep after this. Although a very original plot that follows a classic approach of science-fiction space discovery, the story was a little all over the place and I personally would have preferred a more focused intrigue. Fun read nonetheless!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Duane

    http://www.barharukiya.co.uk/rogue-pl... When the heavily in debt crew of the salvage vessel happen upon a distress beacon coming from the planet “Lonely Orphan” which has no solar system to call home, things don’t work out the way they hoped in this sci-fi horror comic from Oni Press. The book opens up aboard the Cortes as the crew are awakened from stasis and find that it is somehow snowing aboard the ship. Franco is told to investigate whilst others gear up to head out onto the planet to invest http://www.barharukiya.co.uk/rogue-pl... When the heavily in debt crew of the salvage vessel happen upon a distress beacon coming from the planet “Lonely Orphan” which has no solar system to call home, things don’t work out the way they hoped in this sci-fi horror comic from Oni Press. The book opens up aboard the Cortes as the crew are awakened from stasis and find that it is somehow snowing aboard the ship. Franco is told to investigate whilst others gear up to head out onto the planet to investigate the distress beacon. After following it for a while, they discover a large number of crashed space vessels and are then set upon by a huge monster that looks like a mass of organs amalgamated together. Back onboard the craft Franco talks to the pilot, trying to figure out his fears and we begin to touch upon some interesting concepts. The first of these is what the crew term “Zom-Time”, a kind of stasis where the ship operates their bodies for it to be maintained whilst they travel long distances, the crew aren’t awake or alert during this period. Franco discusses his fears of his partner back home who, due to them spending months apart, has taken to also going into stasis but Franco fears Terrance (his partner) has spoken about “going Zom” during these periods as people in this state age slower than regular “Deep Sleep” stasis. Now, stasis is a common trait of a lot of sci-fi focusing on deep space travel, it appears in everything from Red Dwarf to Alien, but the idea of the crew still running the ship whilst being unconscious feels fairly inventive, unfortunately, its never really explored any further beyond the second chapter. The biggest theme though is that of people’s fears being manifest by whatever it is that is the big bad within any particular media, this plays on a Nightmare on Elm Street type theme where in order to stop the bad thing happening, you have to stop being scared of it in the first place (or for Freddie Krueger, don’t go to sleep). It’s a fairly common thing, we tell our kids who are afraid of the dark that the monster under their bed isn’t real but it takes a lot of will power and time for them to overcome that fear. Rogue Planet takes this to the conclusion that your fears are real, and that they can harm you, unfortunately, again, it doesn’t explore this as well as I wanted it to, with the scary things all being the same in appearance, rather than taking on a Polymorph kind of element where it genuinely takes on the appearance of their fears. So, concept and plot-wise, Rogue Planet feels fairly run of the mill. This isn’t always helped by the artwork. Ignoring the prior criticism of everything looking the same regardless of which crew member is being preyed upon, the character art and panel work is fairly static. There’s no dynamic flow to the page, nothing to create tension, though it has to be said that the art team of MacDonald and Filardi have an absolute field day with some of the body horror on show. Now, this all reads back as being pretty critical of Rogue Planet, but honestly, I went in not knowing anything about it and not having knowingly read anything by its creators, so I had no expectations, to begin with, but honestly, it was a really quick page-turner of a book, that doesn’t really break any ground in terms of fleshing out some fairly cool-sounding ideas, but also doesn’t really do a lot wrong. I was able to review Rogue Planet thanks to being provided with an eARC by NetGalley and OniPress

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2021/01/0... Eight crew on the salvage vessel Cortes track a rogue planet because they believe it to have a large payload. Things don’t go as planned! The crew members are introduced to the readers as they land on this unknown planet, with five crew venturing out to discover the never named payload. They immediately discover a graveyard of space ships that crash-landed, but that does not detour them, nor the large blobby creatur This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2021/01/0... Eight crew on the salvage vessel Cortes track a rogue planet because they believe it to have a large payload. Things don’t go as planned! The crew members are introduced to the readers as they land on this unknown planet, with five crew venturing out to discover the never named payload. They immediately discover a graveyard of space ships that crash-landed, but that does not detour them, nor the large blobby creature that had multiple lungs, mouth and teeth that looms above them. Strangely, they keep sauntering along looking for their mythical payload. But soon enough this creature attacks them, picking them off one by one and incorporating them into their mass. When they are down to only three crew of the original eight, they try to leave the planet, but soon join the other crashed ships. An alien race who live on this planet are shown worshipping another life-form, with some sort of Genesis plot and sacrifice rituals. The last survivor finds a remaining humanoid from another ship and his hallucinations seem to tie into what is going on, but then the narrative is bookended by the aliens and their rituals that didn’t make sense to me. The art was solid, and it definitely aimed to have an Alien movie vibe. Saying strange creatures are Lovecraftian is an easy way to describe a certain style of art, and it leaned that way but wasn’t quite there. There was a good variety to the page layouts. The crew members had a nice diversity to them, and the colors really popped. In fact, my pdf version of this graphic novel was the easiest to read online yet and the colors were vivid, which I so appreciated, as online reading is not my preferred method. Cullen Bunn is an established horror writer, with his Harrow County and Bone Parish being among my favorite graphic novel series. However, this stand-alone story didn’t bring it home for me. While it wasn’t bad, it was cliched and somewhat bland. Not a single character stood out, and the ending confused me. However, Bunn is a favored author of mine, and I was glad to get an early look at this book through NetGalley.

  24. 5 out of 5

    S.D. McKinley

    Have you ever seen a comic running through a tablet that looks 3D? Holy Cannoli. Nonstop, dropkick, knock your face off, extra-pulpy SciFi monster-butter on top of SciFi bread with space jelly of whatever flavor you want, here with Rogue Planet. I really enjoyed this one! 🤨 Cosmic space horror explosion of monsters with gritty, humorous dialog. At first the artwork reminded me of Saga in style, but better, ( note: I didn’t read Saga on a tablet ) in regards to glowing on a lighted screen, and on Have you ever seen a comic running through a tablet that looks 3D? Holy Cannoli. Nonstop, dropkick, knock your face off, extra-pulpy SciFi monster-butter on top of SciFi bread with space jelly of whatever flavor you want, here with Rogue Planet. I really enjoyed this one! 🤨 Cosmic space horror explosion of monsters with gritty, humorous dialog. At first the artwork reminded me of Saga in style, but better, ( note: I didn’t read Saga on a tablet ) in regards to glowing on a lighted screen, and on more than one occasion, seemed to leap off the screen in somewhat of a psuedo-three-dimensional emulation sorcery. I blazed through 180-ish pages on a 10″ Kindle ( unrelated note: even though I was ready to send the device out into oblivion in regards to the new update that’s blocking me from accessing critical services on the open internet. Amazon, why have you betrayed your valued customer? ) I can’t say enough on how much I enjoyed flipping through these 180 some odd pages of absolute fun and perfect reading for a Friday night. I really don’t even want to tell you about the story or what’s in it not to spoil the fun! Honestly, I’m not sure I’ve felt this particular way about a comic graphic novel ( I’ve read quite a bit of comics since I was a teenager ) or any comic for that matter, because the way I gauge the value of a book is by it’s entertainment value and this shoots stars across the sky, but this is for adults with some strong themes that come along with the genre. I’d say, get a digital copy of each comic so you can enjoy the effects the lighted screen gives up some 3D type effects, then buy the hard copy graphic novel when it comes out next year, in March. Every bit of matter that can fit into ★★★★★ five stars out of five, for this excellent bit of fun. Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lila

    Classic, claustrophobic tale contained to a crew of a ship answering a distress call on a Lonely Orphan, a planet ripe for scavenging. But what awaits them comes straight from the nightmares. SciFi horror striving to be similar to Event Horizon, Alien or Life, but never quite reaching those heights. I was pretty stoked for Bunn/Filardi colab being a huge fan of both of them, but Rogue Planet failed to do anything memorable or particularly original. To be fair, illustrations are excellent: with ho Classic, claustrophobic tale contained to a crew of a ship answering a distress call on a Lonely Orphan, a planet ripe for scavenging. But what awaits them comes straight from the nightmares. SciFi horror striving to be similar to Event Horizon, Alien or Life, but never quite reaching those heights. I was pretty stoked for Bunn/Filardi colab being a huge fan of both of them, but Rogue Planet failed to do anything memorable or particularly original. To be fair, illustrations are excellent: with horror visuals can and need to be effective , and I would say artists accomplished that: from body horror scenes to panels of weirdness and otherness with wild palette of colours. So, if I would to put a blame on something, it would really be the story. The whole concept it very derivative and ultimately doesn't look like something it was put an effort in and I know Cullen Bunn can do much better. I really love The Sixth Gun, Vol. 1: Cold Dead Fingers or Harrow County, Vol. 1: Countless Haints where he managed to get that mix of weird, adventurous horror with characters that stuck with you, so I'm a bit bummed this was so uneventful. I didn't particularly dislike it, but I didn't like it either which I guess is kind of an answer in itself. Total ambivalence. I received this ARC true NetGalley and would like to thank them, publisher and authors for this opportunity. All opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michela

    The crew of the salvage vessel Cortes detects a distress signal and ends up on a seemingly abandoned planet. What they find is an hostile environment: poisonous vapors, razor rocks and... a graveyard of spaceships. What happened on this planet? And if it's abandoned, then who sent the distress signal? Rogue Planet is a great horror/sci-fi graphic novel and it was a true pleasure to read! The story is quite good and, even if there are some elements that are classic of the genre (I can't say more o The crew of the salvage vessel Cortes detects a distress signal and ends up on a seemingly abandoned planet. What they find is an hostile environment: poisonous vapors, razor rocks and... a graveyard of spaceships. What happened on this planet? And if it's abandoned, then who sent the distress signal? Rogue Planet is a great horror/sci-fi graphic novel and it was a true pleasure to read! The story is quite good and, even if there are some elements that are classic of the genre (I can't say more or I'd spoil you the plot), it kept me glued to the pages until the end. It's a quick and entertaining read, I finished it in one sitting and found myself wanting more! There are 8 people in the crew of the vessel Cortes but it's a bit difficult to tell them apart (they all wear spacesuits with helmets most of the times!). Unfortunately we don't know much about them, and only two actually talk a little bit about their personal life... not enough, in my opinion. I believe this book would have benefited a lot if it had a better description of the characters and their development during the story. The pace of the book is also good: it has its slow moments, but it's mostly quite fast with growing tension. In my opinion it worked really well for this kind of story, but I found the ending a little bit too rushed: I would have appreciated a few more pages. Now, the illustrations: they are just incredible, rich in details and with beautiful bright colors. I had to stop while reading just to admire the artworks, I loved the style and the vibrant colors: it was so gorgeous and fascinating and at the same time terrifying (which is exactly my cup of tea). I really enjoyed Rogue Planet and I'd recommend it to all sci-fi and horror readers! 4 stars. * Thank you to Oni Press and NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bill Cass

    I love me some sci-fi. I love me some horror too. So if you give me the chance to read a sci-fi horror story then I'm going to jump all over it like cat hair on a white shirt. Rogue Planet is a one off graphic novel about a group of salvagers who land on a rogue planet looking for salvage. Though what they don't know is that the only thing that waits for them is death. The art was pretty damn good and creepy which is a huge part of anything sci-fi or horror, let alone both. The characters didn't I love me some sci-fi. I love me some horror too. So if you give me the chance to read a sci-fi horror story then I'm going to jump all over it like cat hair on a white shirt. Rogue Planet is a one off graphic novel about a group of salvagers who land on a rogue planet looking for salvage. Though what they don't know is that the only thing that waits for them is death. The art was pretty damn good and creepy which is a huge part of anything sci-fi or horror, let alone both. The characters didn't stand out too much mostly because this wasn't a character driven story. This was about this super scary planet and if any of the people can survive. I'll be honest, I already forgot each and every character name even though I tried my best to remember them, and I don't think the story suffers for it. Rogue Planet reads like a more extreme Twilight Zone. You may remember specific episodes of the show but God help me if I can remember ay names. Speaking of Twilight Zone, this read like an episode of a TV show in terms of the pacing. It gives us the basic knowledge and then BAM! the poop hits the fan. It's a fast pace read an I feel like it could have been teased out just a little more. I feel like the climax was too sudden, like the main character realized what was going on conveniently fast. Like some epic epiphany that came faster than a jack-in-the-box on cocaine. I enjoyed this even with the fast resolution and I think that's the important part. If you want a quick read in the sci-fi horror genre then pick this up. I'd like to thank Net Galley and Oni Press for allowing me to read this for free in exchange for a honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sara Milioni di Particelle

    The Cortes, a space rescue ship, finds herself with her numerous crew on a lonely planet, with a unique star system. At first when these young crew guys get off the ship and notice some strange things, they think it's just something strange and mysterious. But it is in the most absolute silence that the real danger is hidden. It is a hostile planet, with aliens who speak their own language and worship a divinity to whom they offer continual sacrifices and which continues to grow. Will the crew be ab The Cortes, a space rescue ship, finds herself with her numerous crew on a lonely planet, with a unique star system. At first when these young crew guys get off the ship and notice some strange things, they think it's just something strange and mysterious. But it is in the most absolute silence that the real danger is hidden. It is a hostile planet, with aliens who speak their own language and worship a divinity to whom they offer continual sacrifices and which continues to grow. Will the crew be able to escape? What will they be willing to do to save themselves? *I received this book thanks to Netgalley and the publisher in exchange of honest reivew* The Cortes crew is certainly varied, there is no doubt about this. The characters are interesting. At first I didn't really appreciate how the first of them died, no one shed a tear or worried. Everything remained static for a while until it took on dynamism and everything moved into action within the planet. Although the designs are truly exceptional and particular, I was not intrigued by the story that is almost like the result of an old horror movie script gone bad. One after the other they will have to try to evaluate themselves and those around them by risking their lives and that of the rest of the crew for something strange and unknown. A slightly revised story, which is not particularly crazy. I was expecting something more from the cover and the plot, but the book did not convince me very much. My rating for this story is 3 stars just because it stays in the middle and can't hit much. Original on the planet side but lacking in the modus operandi of the story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angel 一匹狼

    Here we have your perennial vessel arriving to a new, mysterious planet, the crew a bunch of rogue characters with a mission to accomplish. Of course, weird things start to happen and members of the crew start to get into complicated situations... "Rogue Planet" is another one of those, what will we find here?, sure nothing dangerous' stories, a sci-fi genre that can be a lot of fun if done well, even if there is little else to be said about surprising encounters in the dark. And the story has so Here we have your perennial vessel arriving to a new, mysterious planet, the crew a bunch of rogue characters with a mission to accomplish. Of course, weird things start to happen and members of the crew start to get into complicated situations... "Rogue Planet" is another one of those, what will we find here?, sure nothing dangerous' stories, a sci-fi genre that can be a lot of fun if done well, even if there is little else to be said about surprising encounters in the dark. And the story has some things going for it: action, deaths, a mystery, some mysterious cult... However, there are some shortcomings that can't be overlooked. First, the story is too rushed, going from A to B to C with little time for the reader to empathize with the characters. Who is in danger? We don't care, because no one has the chance to have their background well developed. This, of course, impacts the story too, with the random events given little time to keep the tension, the mystery, before some other event happens right away or a not very well developed explanation is thrown into the mix. That is particular clear with the pay off, the ending a little bit of a letdown.. Also, for a horror-in-space kind of story, it is not particularly scary, and, sadly, we have read (or seen or played) everything that happens here a thousand times before. That doesn't mean "Rogue Planet" is bad, it just means that it doesn't have that special thing that makes it connect with the reader. The art is good, but sometimes the color palette was too extreme for my taste. The characters are well drawn, very different between themselves, but with so little time to develop them, it is all for nothing. The world, on the other hand, could have had more variety in backgrounds and in color palette. Some of the big vignettes are a little bit repetitive, too. "Rogue Planet" is fun enough, but it doesn't have anything to make it stand out of the crowd. The best: you can't go wrong with aliens in space The worst: nothing new here, these are not the people you are searching for; the ending could be better Alternatives: watch "Alien" (the first two) 5/10 *Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the copy* (English, original)

  30. 5 out of 5

    How to Love Comics

    Rogue Planet is a blend of genres - combining science fiction, traditional horror, and body horror. Although, the comic leans more into the horror elements. In this scenario, science fiction is the vehicle for horror, acting as a setup scenery and premise. The first panel of the comic, which features a grotesque monolith, firmly establishes the body horror elements. It's all fleshy, with artist Andy MacDonald covering with bulging eyes and protruding teeth. Rogue Planet later introduces other en Rogue Planet is a blend of genres - combining science fiction, traditional horror, and body horror. Although, the comic leans more into the horror elements. In this scenario, science fiction is the vehicle for horror, acting as a setup scenery and premise. The first panel of the comic, which features a grotesque monolith, firmly establishes the body horror elements. It's all fleshy, with artist Andy MacDonald covering with bulging eyes and protruding teeth. Rogue Planet later introduces other entities into the mix throughout. Luckily, the impact of these is not dulled as they're used sparingly. Good horror uses the genre to explore themes, with fear being a by-product of that exploration. Rogue Planet uses this opportunity to explore the concept of fear. Is it an actual thing? Or is it a combination of external factors and the mind? A lot of this is built into the premise and plays out through the experiences of the characters. It also comes out through their interactions, with the characters discussing what they most fear. It's a little heavy-handed but does have some pay-off when those fears are worked into the narrative. The idea of a crew answering a distress signal on a remote planet only to have shit hit the fan is not a new idea. It's a staple of science fiction horror and the premise of many Star Trek episodes. Where Rogue Planet differs is that it subverts expectations. When you think things are going in a predictable direction, the comic throws a surprise at you. The result is that it diverts you from the usual trappings of the trope into different territory.

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