Synopsis: Reymont has been replaced by Jaeger - a cold hearted killer from the "People's party" who is currently on the planet investigating a downed craft. Meanwhile the commander is complaining to the Hosts that they have sent them this psychopath, but realises they'll just have to live with him. Grayle is also introduced to the former commander of the unit, who is now a vegetable. Down on the planet, Jaeger kills a surrendering alien with no mercy...
Stacey Whittle: Okay - the negatives first. The artist change at this point I found very jarring. Having just really settled into the story last episode, the art being so incredibly different did throw me and I had to read the strip several times to get myself reacclimatised. However, Boo Cook’s artwork is sublime, and as much as I adore Simon Davies' artwork, I do think Boo's suits this story better.
I think Damnation Station suffered a little this week in its placement coming after the dense Dredd story, so that this instalment felt very short. We have a new character established and a tantalising glimpse of what can befall a commander but that’s it really. I wonder if it would have been better to establish the rest of the characters more firmly before introducing new ones.
I do like this world and I find the alien Host very, very, creepy. The main character is much more likeable and has shown real growth already and I like that too. I’m also really enjoying the space opera format - I haven’t read one for ages so it feels fresh and it also feels very different.
I think fresh and different are good things and I’m really looking forward to spending more time in the Station..
Richmond Clements: Blinking flip! Now, this is in no way lessening the incredible art Davis has put in on the previous episodes of this, but... wow. Boo Cook seems to have gone up another notch or two with his art - the work here is simply incredible. It is, to trot out a cliché, a visual feast.
Jaeger is a hell of a piece of work and most of it - certainly up until the final page - is all in his eyes. Cook has managed to fill them with such coldness that it’s hard not to feel uncomfortable.
Ewing’s script seems to be catching a lot of readers, myself included, on the hop somewhat. This is not the fast paced, in your face comedy stylings of Zombo or Tempest. Here we’re getting a slow burning plot were we’re gradually learning that the ‘war’ the humans are fighting is not a war at all... or at least, that’s what I think is happening.
I have no idea how long this is going to last, but I hope it’s longer than the usual ten or twelve weeks - I’d love to see a longer slow moving tale in the prog and it would be nice if this was it.