BONUS REVIEW: The Chimpanzee Complex: Civilisation – Richard Marazano

Chimpanzee Complex 3The final volume in the series does an incredible job of building suspense and evoking atmosphere. With mostly two characters and a single location the pace slows right down and is eerily quiet. You get the Scott/ Cameron deserted spaceship vibe in spades here.

The art is of the same high standard with some great video-screen effects and astronomical vistas. You can predict the ending but aren’t disappointed by it.

A solid Thumbs Up!


BONUS REVIEW: The Chimpanzee Complex: The Sons of Ares – Richard Marazano

Chimpanzee Complex 2This volume follows on from the last and is every bit as gripping. It is a really tense and enthralling read. Although many of the ideas aren’t original you don’t know which direction the story will take. Having real historical figures involved, both alive and dead, is certainly unusual and might not be to everyone one’s taste. The dialogue is quirky in places but that may be the nature of the translation. The child character also seems to talk and think way above her years.

The art is good but as the locations require more hand drawing it sometimes breaks down. Having a photorealistic head inside a hand-drawn space suit messes with your mind somewhat. Oddly the surface of Mars is one of the most realistic looking settings.

Another fine Thumbs Up!


The Chimpanzee Complex: Paradox – Richard Marazano

Chimpanzee Complex 1Something fishy occurred in the 1969 moon landings and only in the year 2035 does this come to light prompting an unexpected space mission.

This is a Franco-Belgian title that has been translated into English. It has a strong female protagonist and a prominent sub-plot concerns her relationship with her young daughter. These two storylines blend epic drama and personal emotion, with each thread capable of standing on its own. It is a real page-turner and in only 56 pages a lot happens.

One of the standout elements is the art. It looks like real photographs that have been traced and painted or digitally posterised. It is a very bold technique and takes a little getting used to as the realism is much greater than you are accustomed to. It sits in the uncanny valley between real life and fiction. It does make everything much more dramatic and gives a real depth to scenes with movement or action.

An excellent read that sets you up for volume two. Thumbs Up!


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