Release Date: 7/10/13
Words: Adam Egypt Mortimer
Pictures: Darick Robertson
Ballistic is a madcap sci-fi buddy adventure romp about Butch, a wannabe bank robber who idolizes Dillinger and his best friend Bang Bang, a dirty mouthed and minded, living gun. The backdrop is a bioengineered future in a place called Repo City State.
Wow. What the “shibal!?”
Ballistic is like the love child of a Cronenberg movie and The Boys comic with a touch of the 1990’s film Total Recall. There is a lot to process in this one. It is clearly a labor of love. This is sci-fi imagining at it’s best and most wild.
The story follows Butch, an air conditioning repairman in Repo City State, where air conditioning is big business in a world that must keep organic technologies and environment within a temperature they will survive. Pretty much everything in this world is alive. This includes Butch’s side kick, Bang Bang, a living, talking, foul mouthed, drug addicted creature of the “talkie tech” nature. These two have the best, engaging banter I’ve read in a long time. The story is fast paced and dense, introducing the reader to new terms, creatures and world rules without mucking up the pacing of the exposition. The tone is as serious as it is funny. It may seem like the cramming in of so much information about this world and its inhabitants in just a few pages is overwhelming, but it’s done in such a solid, fun manner that you appreciate it all in the long run.
This kind of story needs some serious artwork to be affective and Robertson does an incredible job. An important part of telling this story is the showing with the telling. It is worth taking this one in slow because you will find yourself studying every gem of detail from the cityscape and it’s structures to the objects of food and drug paraphernalia. It’s beautiful and gross and I kinda love it.
If you are looking for something different and enjoy the weird and wonderful side of sci-fi, definitely treat yourself with this wild ride.