Fringe was a television show that was a cross between a police procedural and hard sci-fi. The show slowly became one of my favorite shows of all time. The reason I’m bringing this up is because Collider by Simon Oliver reminds me heavily of the best episodes of Fringe. Collider brings us in to the world of Adam Hardy and his time in the Federal Bureau of Physics. From this first issue I’ve gathered that it deals with various problems pertaining to gravity, speed and possibly math. The problem dealt with in this issue is a Localized Gravity Deficiency or LGD, which is caused by a defect in the time-space membrane. This made me oddly giddy for some reason. Simon Oliver creates a sense of normalcy by keeping the dialog between characters. There are elaborate discussions of the restoration of gravity, but it was simple enough not to bog down the issue.
The story is complimented so well by the art by Robbi Rodrigues and colorist Rico Renzi. The art confused me for a while because it felt as though there was no detail, but that slowly became my favorite part. The lack of detail we made the line work more prominent, which led the colors feel more fluid and more loose than some other modern comics. The lighter palette of colors such as pastel pinks and blues adds a separation between the dark undertones of the world that the Federal Bureau of Physics deals with.
The overall feel of Collider is a loose feeling story about weird science projects and Sir Isaac Newton’s laws gone amok. It’s is a really good pick up this month for comic fans. A weird new series from Vertigo that combines some of my favorite elements that make for a good intro into the world that is a bit denser than what’s given. Plus the teaser at the end got me exited which is always a sign of a good issue.
Written by: Simon Oliver
Art by: Robbi Rodriguez
Cover by: Nathan Fox
U.S. Price: 2.99
On Sale Date: Jul 31 2013