Earth Galactic Operatives or EGOs for short is a wonderful space opera series written by Stuart Moore with art from Gus Storms.
The first thing that strikes you about this book is the visual aesthetic of this book. It combines very clean looking sci fi visuals with a wonderfully simple pastel colour palette that exudes classic Kirby from his time on such books as New Gods and the Fantastic Four. Every page is a treat for the reader and the character and the world design is second to none with each new location being distinct and memorable but, does not break from the overall visual aesthetic both writer and artist have crafted. Unlike most series where everything is dark, gritty and lived in (like the first 3 Star Wars movies) this clean aesthetic is a great break from the mould that makes this book really stand out.
The story is great in this opening volume, Moore introduces us to this universe slowly, letting the concepts and rules flow naturally taking careful care and attention to not throwing too much exposition at the reader. The story concerns the EGOs former junior member Deuce getting the band back together through less than moral means to combat a threat previously defeated in Masse. Throughout this story some new junior members are introduced each with their own distinct personalities and issues along the way. This gives the book a very X-Men/Avengers feel to it with the inter team rivalries and issues as they form throughout the course of this story and you really come to like this cast of characters even if their personalities are not explored too much in this opening arc beyond robot who demands equality as a sentient being, for example.
Overall EGOs is another great graphic novel from Image, it serves as the perfect introduction to Moore and Storms’ universe, allowing you a glimpse into this universe and the vast potential there is to be mined from it. Framing the book as being narrated by Deuce’s biological son whom has nothing to do with him is a great technique used by more as we are both outsiders of this group looking in, giving us his opinions on matters also allows the reader naturally settle into this new universe without feeling overwhelmed. I felt that some of the cast were not as developed as they could have been but, that is however the nature with team books without an establish cast of heroes and hopefully in the later issues some of the supporting casts characters and motivations will naturally come out in time.
If you are a fan of Space Opera or good science fiction in general you owe it to yourself to check out EGOs, you will find a new universe rich in detail to explore and an engaging cast of characters that will leave you satisfied at the stories conclusion yet begging for more all at the same time.
By Matt Deery