Written by Scott Dillon with art by Mitch Gerads, Johnny Recon is a science fiction series that pays homage to the mixture of 1950's pulp stories and modernized/retro space tales. Johnny Recon is the classic ray gun slinging grifter that we love in the vein of characters like Han Solo and Mal Reynolds, but has his own flair and style to carry on through an original title. The story opens up with an ominous chance for Johnny's father, Will, to live in a world without violence. Jump to a starship years later and Will has become a digital entity amongst the stars. Johnny gets himself tangled in a high stakes card game with some interstellar crime bosses and is ambushed by a fleet of ships.
The writing on this title feels pretty genuine in the realm of the genre, and Dillon isn't afraid to genre-bend with Western-style card playing and science fiction backdrops. The artwork is very striking, especially the use of light and color throughout the issue.
The only criticism I'd have to share about the issue is that it doesn't feel like much of a single story, but it is part of a series, so I'd have to judge it based on the entire arc that it's starting.
I met Dillon at Emerald City Comic Con and he couldn't be a nicer guy. I was happy to buy one of his books and have both him and Gerads sign it for me. I'm excited to get my hands on another issue and see where they take the genre next.
A little side note:
The fake advertisements inside the book are wonderful. I'd love to see posters of these ads for sale in the future.