Humanoids, Inc.. Mar. 2021. 136p. ISBN 9781643376349. pap. $19.99. Graphic Novels
After Redxan Samud’s courage and selflessness impress his superiors enough to overlook his lowborn status, he’s promoted to captain of his own shipping vessel. The day after marrying the daughter of a wealthy and politically connected family, he’s framed for treason by conspirators preparing to seize control of the government and sent to a floating prison colony where inmates are forced to compete in gladiatorial matches in order to maintain a manageable population. Over the next decade, Redxan grows close to an aging prisoner who mentors him in combat, stresses the importance of striving for a better world, and finally provides the location of a vast fortune. Following a daring escape, Redxan retrieves the loot and sets out for revenge on the men who framed him. Posing as a wealthy aristocrat, he enters high society in order to gain access to his enemies; when he discovers they’ve amassed an army of automatons in preparation for world domination, he’s forced to choose between fulfilling his vendetta or saving the world.  
VERDICT A fast-paced science fiction spin on "The Count of Monte Cristo" that adds jets packs, superhuman assassins, and flying motorcycles while retaining the spirit of the source material.



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