Title: Helena Crash #1
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Fabian Rangel Jr.
Artist: Warwick Johnson Cadwell
Cover Artist: Warwick Johnson Cadwell, Andrew MacLean
First impressions are important. They set the standard and tone for what is about to come. My first impression of Helena Crash reminded me of Gemma Morrow from Sons of Anarchy or the La Contessa from the old S.H.I.E.L.D. comics. So far so good, maybe. It’s a book set in the far (hopefully) future where coffee is illegal due to the planet’s pollution problem. Helena Crash is an orphan of sorts that tries to remain neutral in her continued quest to maintain her caffeine levels. I guess this is why she carries a sword and an uzi machine gun. The book is fun. The thing I had issues with is the artwork. It seems overly simplistic and cartoony. I get that it sets the tone of the story and I can see this book being animated on Adult Swim. The characters themsevles are interesting and make us want to know more about their back story. Helena herself loves coffee so I can relate to her quest. The creators gave us a music list at the back of the book to read it too for a nice addition. It works really well to add another layer to the story they are telling. I enjoyed the passion put into the story, but this one felt more like a pitch for a cartoon than a comic standing in its own format.