Corollary #1 is published by Source Point Press, written by Adam Rose, with art by Robert Ahmad. In this unique galaxy, everything has a twin, from stars and planets right down to people. And if your twin dies, so do you. Under the Cosmic Law of Two, everything has its partner. Everything is a pair. But what if someone didn’t have a pair? What if someone’s twin died and they kept on going? How would they deal with that? And just as importantly, how would the galaxy respond to it?
While the setup for Corollary #1‘s story seems intriguing at first read, in reality, it doesn’t land any differently than if the twinless protagonist, Captain Andromeda, had any generic medical anomaly. Since her situation doesn’t make her anything special in and of itself, she feels like just another person journeying in space. Some people court her attention, while others wish to kill her. The reason why never feels like it genuinely impacts the story that much.
The other thing that holds this book back is its story structure. Rather than focusing on one goal and getting Andromeda to it, the book gets sidetracked a bit as she runs into random situations that she ends up dealing with. While these moments are used well to showcase her personality, they keep the book from being able to establish a firm story for the reader to grasp onto. Given that this is a four-part limited series, one would expect the book to be a bit more focused on getting a full narrative developed.
Andromeda herself is a decent enough main character. A bit gruff at first, the book takes the time to show enough of the character to impress upon the reader that she is more than her initial impressions indicate. While she seems willing to help those in need, her first and foremost concern definitely seems to be her own skin.
The art in Corollary #1 delivers some eye-catching, if not for everyone, artwork. Artist Ahmad combines some simple linework with water coloring to give the book a beautiful, if rough in spots, presentation. While I appreciate the look watercolors bring to a book, the roughness of some of the lines could certainly be a turn-off for some.
When all is said and done, Corollary #1 crafts an interesting opening chapter to its narrative. While the initial hook doesn’t ground the story as much as I expected, the book’s last page reveal introduces more questions about Andromeda’s lonely travels through space.
Corollary #1 is available now through Source Point Press’s website here.
Corollary #1 crafts an interesting opening chapter to its narrative. While the initial hook doesn’t ground the story as much as I expected, the book’s last page reveal introduces more questions about Andromeda’s lonely travels through space.