What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about The Orville Season 2.5 #1 – Launch Day Part 1 Of 2! I’ve been looking forward to the release of this book for quite some time. It has been a good long while since the end of the most recent season of The Orville, and right now these comics are our only opportunity to dive back into that universe.
Now as with most books like this, the first thing you will always want questioned is how easily you can jump into this new story. As they said, The Orville Season 2.5 #1 picks up right where season two left off. Considering the time between where season two of the show ended, and when the last book ended, one would have to wonder if there is anything about this new story which would make them feel as though they’re missing something. Fortunately for us, that was not the case here. The great thing about this book is that it plays out episodic. To put it simply, engaging in these stories makes you feel like you are watching the show. Its a fresh new adventure, new mission, and new set of problems for the crew of The Orville to deal with. This time around the problem just so happens to be the Krill making contact with a planet which left the Union decades ago under mysterious circumstances.
The flashback at the start definitely threw me for a loop at first, but it was obvious that the intention was to create a set-up for what was about to unfold, through a flashback. One which just may catch you off guard because the one thing we never got to really see in the show was what life was like for Ed before he became captain. Scenes like this are important to note for the fact that the main draw-in for the books has to be delivering on things you aren’t going to see in the show. Who knows, maybe the show will touch upon such periods in Ed’s career, but until then? The comic book did it first.
With that said, let’s turn to the exploration of this planet. It was nothing different for the crew chosen to investigate what’s happened to this planet and its people, yet it was certainly a new experience for what actually happened. From all of the worries stirred from not knowing what the Krill were doing, to what was happening on this planet, it was a shocker to see that nothing was as expected. Now considering this is also a two-part story, I did appreciate that not everything was revealed about what the moon-sized construct above the planet, or its function. It gives you more than enough reason to look forward to the next issue as the clock runs down for answers to if it’s a weapon.
Where this continues to be one of my favorite licensed books released, is the quality interior work done by this art team. To be specific, when it comes to books like this? Capturing the likeness of the characters is a big thing. That is what makes you feel most familiar with the characters and the world they live in. And even when you make that push for likeness, as I said above, you also want to make sure that there is quality effort put into it. I would say that we got exactly that from this art team. There was other things to find appeal in too, aside from the characters. The ship exteriors and interiors were on point too. You could see easily that David Cabeza in particular had an excellent level of comfort with the attention which goes into recreating these structures. Beyond this, I would say that the creativity was something to admire when it came to our introduction to this race we have never met before, and planet where they live.
In the end, you have to love this book for reminding you of the good that can come of a show being adapted to comic form. It’s not that easy in a show to land on a new planet and walk through the streets without a lot of CGI which takes you out of the immersion. The Orville Season 2.5 #1 – Launch Day Part 1 Of 2 accomplished this, while at the same time reminding us of everything we have been missing from The Orville.