PopCultHQ Comic Book Review: AGENT 1.22 #1 from DPM Publishing

PopCultHQ received a review copy of AGENT 1.22 #1 from DPM Publishing. Available now, the creative team for this series features writing from Stephan Nilson, art from Doug Shuler, and lettering from Charles Pritchett. AGENT 1.22 was created by Tom Dheere, Angelo Panetta, and David Martin.

Here’s PopCultHQ’s spoiler-free review of…

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AGENT 1.22 #1

Writer: Stephan Nilson
Artist: Doug Shuler
Letterer: Charles Pritchett

Available: NOW
SRP: $2.99 (digital)/$3.99 (print)

Agent 1.22 goes to Phobos to retrieve Project Vulcan from an outpost ravaged by the Tempest Virus. While there she must choose between the mission and a man.

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PopCultHQ’s Comic Book Review:
AGENT 1.22 #1

Writing:

Writer Stephan Nilson has taken the creation of Tom Dheere, Angelo Panetta, and David Martin and beautifully laid it out in a commanding way. There’s no fluff panels, unnecessary dialogue, or a drawn-out narrative. The delivery is strong from the very beginning and steadily injects intriguing characters, plots, and scenarios. Nilson also cleverly engages the reader, almost immediately raising internal emotions in you; making you root and feel for the Agent, have your curiosity risen as to The Agency’s intentions, and leaving you awestruck at this world he’s expanding. A phenomenal issue one, Stephan has set the bar high for the series.

Art:

The digital illustrations of Douglas Shuler are what will define the look of the series, whereas Nilson’s writing establishes the feel and tone. A visually impressive sci-fi title, the artist owns this futuristic world and all of its inhabitants. His true-to-life emotional responses from the Agent give her that infusion of humanlike possibility to completely make the reader feel the emotions she’s experiencing. Nilson and Shuler are a welcome and needed one-two punch in the sci-fi genre.

Charles Pritchett has his lettering duties cut out for him but takes on the challenge head-on. From electronic audio transmissions to the voice of Mnemosyne emitting from the agent, Pritchett makes good use of fonts and dialog boxes to help differentiate and establish the voices. Great placement throughout, intentionally allowing Shuler’s digitals to be featured. Terrific lettering job cover to cover and a good choice as the series letterer.

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PopCultHQ’s overall assessment:

Artificial intelligence attaining consciousness (human reactions, emotions, survivalism) is both highly-intriguing and extremely terrifying. Though in an almost reversal from a Battlestar Galactica scenario, it’s the creation of robotic life and its misuse could see the turn against its masters but for the right reason. Compassion, empathy, the love and value for human life.

Writer Stephan Nilson delivers a packed powerhouse of a story within a mere issue and artist Doug Shuler helps give the title the look of a believable future. There’s a lot of potential as to how this series could expand, but much like Agent 1.22 herself, I’m happy with experiencing the evolution as she does. And if you haven’t checked out the #0 issue, it’s a must-have buy!

PopCultHQ’s Rating:

 5 Out of 5 Stars

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Writer – Stephan Nilson

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Artist – Douglas Shuler

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Letterer – Charles Pritchett

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Publisher – DPM Publishing

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