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Drive: Act Two (Drive, #2)

By Dave Kellett

Rating: 4 stars

Act 2 of the Drive webcomic picks up where Act 1 left off: the crew of the Machito has rescued the gentle (but Vinn-ified) Nosh and have taken him to the headquarters of the dreaded Jinwiwei, the Empire’s secret police, in the hopes that they can cure him. What follows is a breakneck adventure, with the crew of the Machito continuing their mission to try and find Skitter’s people, as the Vinn march on, invading both the human empire and the Continuum of Makers with whom the humans are at war.

We get to meet new alien races and find out more about exiled Maker called Ahmis, whose crashed ship helped Conrado Cruz build his own FTL drive. Of the alien races, the Sill are possibly my favourite, a species who had conquered half the galaxy, before finding something between religious fervour and a psychic drug that was so good that they stopped conquering, and reproducing and, well much of anything, really.

I’m very much enjoying the story here, but am looking forward to the end, so that I can go back and read the whole thing in one go to keep the whole story in my head at once (this is a problem with long-running serial stories that are drip-fed, one page at at time, Girl Genius being the worst offender, given how long it’s been running for).

Book details

ISBN: 9780984419081
Publisher: Small Fish Studios, Inc

Drive: Act One (Drive, #1)

By Dave Kellett

Rating: 4 stars

I can’t remember where I found out about this webcomic, but I got drawn in fairly rapidly and when I found out about the Kickstarter to print an omnibus of the first “act”, how could I say no?

The story follows the captain and crew of the good ship Machito, on the run from the Empire at the start of the book, as they break their science officer out of a prison planet, along with a new buddy who’s lost his memory but could end up being the key to winning the coming war against an alien race called the Continuum of Makers.

The characters here are fun, especially the marvellous Nosh, an alien who spent six years stranded in Moscow and now speaks English with an outrageous Russian accent. The setting is very much part of what makes the story though, and it’s unusual in having Spain be the seat of the Human empire, not the more usual current Great Powers. I also like the structure of the empire, having arisen from an engineer, and the idea that they still control the secret of FTL travel and hoard that secret with the lives of the entire extended imperial family. The aliens are also generally interesting, from Nosh’s gentle Veetans, through the multi-species Vinn to the fascinating but enigmatic Continuum.

Lots of fun, but also a strong story in there too, backed by the well-worn (but for a reason!) trope of crewmates as family.

Book details

ISBN: 9780984419036
Publisher: Small Fish Studios, Inc.
Year of publication: 2017

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