StarCraft: Scavengers # 1 Review
The StarCraft: Scavengers paperback (collecting all 4-issues) can also be pre-ordered. It will ship on February 19, 2019.
The art and coloring of StarCraft: Scavengers # 1 looks very solid, and appealing. Background coloring resembles watercolor frescos. I am not sure how much the story will tell us in only 4-issues. This first installment barely scratched the surface and left more questions than answers.
Being from Kel-Moria, all they know about the events in Dominion space, these past years, is basically hearsay and vague. Chau Sara and Kerrigan the Queen of Blades are mentioned too briefly. Characters are not thoroughly fleshed out, either. Out of at least 12 crew members, we only know the name of 5.
The Kel-Morian scavengers, crew of the Magpie ship, infiltrate Dominion space to scavenge a derelict protoss ship found on a decaying orbit around a uninhabited planet.
The idea is that if the protoss ship is about to crash through the atmosphere, there would be no evidence left behind of their scavenging.
It doesn’t matter that it is a dangerous and illegal operation, the crew was told by Captain Theban that the risk was worth the reward, and offered double profits.
Their clandestine operation is in violation of the Dominion-Protoss treaty, which puts them at odds with either faction if caught, but more importantly, might cause irrepairable damage to the treaty and to the diplomatic relations between the Dominion and the Protoss.
There is an enigmatic conversation between Kyra and Orry. Kyra asks Orry how much they should tell engineer Caleb, a new recruit, about their operation. The UED is mentioned. They wish to know whether Caleb is a UED sympathizer or not before bringing him into the fold as a permanent crew member.
This might suggest one of two things:
a) that the Scavengers are under contract by the UED to retrieve protoss energy sources for research.
b) that the scavengers see the UED as an enemy.
I think I am leaning on the former. Whichever, the UED is revealed to be still around and somewhere in Kel-Moria space. That pretty much opens the possibility of more story to be told in print media or even beyond StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.
Personally, I wish there was more details about the UED and the UED contractor as we get to issue #2-4. This miniseries might be the prelude to something more juicy coming up in the pipeline.
Not much is revealed in StarCraft: Scavengers # 1, so we’ll have to keep reading to unfold the plot in this 4-issue comic book miniseries.
After years of terrible warfare, a paper-thin ceasefire is all that stands between terrans and their erstwhile alien adversaries, the enigmatic protoss and the savage zerg. But peace can be a prison for those who wish to make their fortune in the Koprulu sector. All it takes is one ship, one daring crew… and everything could change.
What horrors lie in wait for our terran space scavengers on the derelict protoss ship? Jody Houser, Gabriel Guzman, Michael Atiyeh, and Steve Dutro will be back in a month to deliver our next thrilling installment.
Caleb (M) — engineer
Jonas and his crew (mentioned. Former engineers of the Magpie).
U.E.D. (United Earth Directorate)
The Magpie — A Kel-Morian scavenger ship
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by GABRIEL GUZMAN
Colors by MICHAEL ATIYEH
Letters by STEVE DUTRO
Standard cover art by GABRIEL GUZMAN
Standard cover colors by MICHAEL ATIYEH
Variant cover art by TIMOTHY GREENE II
convention exclusive cover by WEI WANG (View image) Only 1000 limited print copies sold at San Diego Comic Con for $10
Publisher MIKE RICHARDSON
Senior editor PHILLIP R. SIMON
Associate editor MEGAN WALKER
Designer LIN HUANG
Digital art technician ADAM PRUETT
Special thanks to DUSTIN BROWDER, SEAN COPELAND, ALLEN DILLING, CATE GARY, ALLISON IRONS, GEORGE KRSTIC, BRIANNE M LOFTIS, PAUL MORRISSEY, JUSTIN PARKER, BYRON PARNELL, ANDREW R. ROBINSON, DEREK ROSENBERG, RALPH SANCHEZ, and everyone at Blizzard Entertainment.