Review: Invisible Republic #1

Invisible Republic is a new series from Image Comics by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko. It is a gritty sci-fi story set in the far future about the untold tale of Arthur McBride’s rise to power. The story is an written account by Arthur’s cousin, Maia. Her manuscript was discovered by reporter Croger Babb during an assignment on the moon of Avalon after the fall of McBride’s regime. Babb learns about the conflict for independence from the Commonwealth and Arthur’s violent nature during this conflict. More disturbing, Babb learns that Maia has been erased from the history records.

The Good

The story so far. Invisible Republic has a truly epic feeling about it, but it is being told on a personal level. A story behind the myth of Arthur McBride, who he was, how he became the man fights an war to free his world from the Commonwealth and what leads him to being a ruthless dictator. All told by the one person by Arthur’s side from the beginning, his cousin Maia. Only that Maia has been scrubbed from history, for what reason we have yet to discover.

The art. Looking at the artwork, Invisible Republic has an lived-in universe appearance about it. In the opening panels, this universe has a look very reminiscent to that of James Cameron’s Aliens. A future that’s not chrome and polish, but a dirty and gritty universe that people live in. Garbiel Hardman’s style makes me think of Cam Kennedy work from Dark Horse Comics Star Wars: Dark Empire.

The Bad

I got nothing bad to say about Invisible Republic. The only bad thing I can say is about myself. I am not familiar with any of Hardman or Bechko’s previous work.

The Verdict

Invisible Republic is off to a good start with a good story and art. It has something of “found footage/lost dairy” appeal about it which sets it apart from some other sci-fi comics. The reader is coming in after the fact and will learn, along with Babb, what it took for Arthur to become the man of legend he known as. There’s an epic story being told from a personal witness to history, only to know that the witness is not accounted for in that history. I want to see where Invisible Republic is going and I will be picking up the second issue next month.

The Score

Story: 4 Out of 5
Art: 4 Out of 5
Overall: 4 Out of 5


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