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Torch: Reclaim the Skies #1 Review
Torch: Reclaim the Skies is a story about depression, nostalgia and the lengths that a person will go to break out of that “rut.”
As an ex-pilot and former adrenaline junkie, it’s no surprise our Torch Armstrong takes things to the extreme. We’ve all felt the urge to break out of that rut and find adventure outside of the norm.
In this issue, we see the story of young hotshot military pilot Torch interwoven with adult Torch, and her reluctant brother Spark, taking a leap into adventure in the most unconventional way.
Torch: Reclaim the Skies #1 is an Indie Comic that is currently available on Kickstarter.
Torch: Reclaim The Skies Story
In recent years, one specific intellectual property that’s been tossed around the Hollywood producer table is The Last Starfighter. Thankfully the original creators have passed time and time again on the idea of a shit hot Director taking the chair and rebooting Alex Rogan’s epic adventure.
Torch: Reclaim the Skies takes you back to the nostalgia of being a child in the cinema watching The Last Starfighter take flight for the very first time. There’s action, adventure and a bold new look at the Space Opera genre which is overshadowed by self destruction and depression.
Imagine The Last Starfighter taking flight for the second time but, instead, having everything standing in their way. Creator and writer AJ Rojek gives a female protagonist in the pilot’s chair who is tough, determined, rogue-ish and an adrenaline junkie obsessive. Torch, although, a whimsically fun and likeable character from the second page, has a “cargo hold.” full of demons.
Demons that rear their ugly head as depression and post-traumatic stress. Because Torch can do and will do anything for that one last thrill. Even at the expense of others. Rojek begins to explore for us what if The Last Starfighter wanted to take flight once again.
Torch: Reclaim The Skies Art
Artistically, Torch: Reclaim The Skies fits an audience both after 1980s Sci-Fi nostalgia and a younger audience looking for their Starfighter kicks. Artist Tom Hoskisson and colorist Daniela Barisone do an awe-inspired job in building a world that walks the tightrope of space opera and dystopian aesthetic. The world of Torch begs you to be a part of and that’s why you’ll pick this issue up again for a second read.
Torch: Reclaim The Skies Conclusion
Torch: Reclaim The Skies is just so much fun. You’ll immerse yourself in the fun this comic book boasts. All the while looking to the stars dreaming of a better more exciting life for yourself. Just like what Alex Rogan did.
Expect the non stop action of The Last Starfighter mixed with the childlike curiosity of the original Star Wars film. But at the same time, Torch: Reclaim the Skies shows that strong female characters can be just as broken and flawed as their male counterparts. You’ll lose yourself in the pages of this comic book. Torch: Reclaim the Skies is why you got into Science Fiction in the first place.
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