Review: We Ride Titans #1

A new series out this week from Vault Comics – this is We Ride Titans #1.

Kaiju hit hard. Family hits harder.

Trying to keep your family from imploding is a tall order. Kit Hobbs is about to find out it’s an even taller order when that family has been piloting the Titan that protects New Hyperion from kaiju for generations. Between a spiraling brother, a powder keg of a father, and a whole bunch of twenty-story monsters, she’s got her work cut out for her.

Writer: Tres Dean
Artist: Sebastián Piriz
Colorist: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Designer: Tim Daniel
Cover A: Sebastián Piriz
Cover B: Joshua Hixson

Starting off this new series with a bang. The attack by the Kaiju shows the sheer size of the attacks on the city. It’s tense and the attack is well shown – considering the size of the Kaiju and the defending Titan, it conveys the vastness of it all.
It also shows the problems that begin this story – with the pilot not only having to deal with the attacking Kaiju but there is also his father in his ear, as well as the problem of the drinking. It’s bad enough that someone may drink and drive, but to be piloting this massive machine, is even worse.

There are some interesting family dynamics here, with the father in a wheelchair and an estranged daughter. The mother’s role in all of this seems interesting – was she being used to recruit the daughter? We shall see. There are many questions here, with the reasons behind the father’s incapacitation, the daughter leaving and the son drinking.

I like the way this is all being set up. With the world and the family interacting there is some good build for this first issue. On top of that, there are the giant monsters who attack on a seemingly regular basis.

The art style is excellent – with some interesting showing of the control of the mechs and the giant Kaiju designs. I like the way the characters are shown, with some good back and forth panels between them. This is an interesting beginning, with a nice setup and a lot of promise.

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