Red Dog #1 is a brand new series from 451 Entertainment, and it’s a riveting sci-fi adventure. 

It revolves around a young boy named Kyle on the harsh, unforgiving planet of Kirawan. It’s a mining planet for a rare element that allows the human race to dive head first into time and space travel. And it’s a brilliant first issue. It’s a tale of a boy and his dog. In space. With aliens. What’s not to love? It gives us an automatically likeable protagonist who has his own struggles and goals that are clearly shown to us across the issue. It cleverly sets up a situation that leads to a cliffhanger – and if we’re honest, we can’t wait to find out where it leads.

Red Dog #1 feels very much influenced by classic science fiction films like Aliens, Starship Troopers and even Avatar in places. And that’s not a criticism in any way – it makes use of these elements to help craft a genuinely unique and intriguing tale that is steeped in it’s own pre-existing world. We’re just thrown into the middle of it. It doesn’t waste too much time setting up the backstory – it just settles right into the story. 

Red Dog #1

And whilst it’s quite clearly a science fiction tale – the heart of the story actually lies in a boy wanting recognition from his father. It’s great to see a story written so deeply that whilst it has aliens, robotic dogs and time travel – it’s core lies in the emotions and family aspect of the characters.We also have to mention that the opening few pages felt like something out of 2001: A Space Odyssey – with beautifully drawn planets and nebulas swirling around the space abyss. It’s a comic that looks as great as it reads. Red Dog #1 was fantastically written, and we can’t wait to see how the confrontation plays out in the second issue.

Fans of science fiction, movies, books and comics alike, do not want to miss this.

9.1 Sci-Fi at it's best

Drawing inspiration from classic sci-fi films works in this comic's favour, as Red Dog #1 crafts a unique story that has genuine heart.

  • Q + Kyle 9.2
  • Plot 8.5
  • Character development 9.5

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Eammon bounces between the North and South of England – investing his time in films & telly (when he's not writing for Heroes Direct)