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Pilot Season: The Test #1 Review

Written by GLX on Wednesday, October 05 2011 and posted in Reviews

GLX reviews Pilot Season: The Test #1.

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Credits & Solicit Info:

Writer - Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artist - Rashan Ekedel
Created by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Matt Hawkins

The Harvey nominated creative team of Echoes, JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV (I, Vampire) and RAHSAN EKEDAL (Solomon Kane) reunite to kick off 2011's PILOT SEASON competition with Test. A group of ten strangers wake up in a mysterious town with no memory of who they are and how they got there.  They are the lone survivors of an apocalyptic event, chosen to repopulate the Earth. But what is the true nature of their fate?

Test offers a fresh take on survivalist horror and psychological thriller in the way only FIALKOV and EKEDAL can!


In the book of Genesis, God created Adam and Eve. Their world was without sin and they enjoyed their lives in the Garden of Eden. Unfortunately, they were not destined to stay there long. They succumbed to a serpent's temptation, which led to their banishment from the Garden. In Pilot Season: Test #1, humanity has plunged itself into a radioactive end - at least, that's what the main characters who live in an artificial Eden have been told. The group has no idea how and when they were brought to this place. They are the last survivors of humanity, and evil is certainly lurking underneath the foundations of their new world.

The comic feels like it is setting up for a longer tale, but there is nothing more to it. Matt Hawkins and Joshua Hale Fialkov have crafted a somewhat interesting idea. The problem with the writing is that there is too much confusion and not enough explanation. While it makes sense that the reader would learn about the world and characters of Pilot Season: The Test #1 with its cast, it leaves the reader with little to go on and not enough to desire further interest in future tales. In all honesty, the story simply does not feel right for the confines of a single issue. Perhaps, it would have been best if this was released as a graphic novel.

Rashan Ekedel handles the art, and he does a good job with it. His depictions of the characters and the world that they inhabit are clean and lively, while carrying a style that makes his art stand out. The lighting, while not superb, fits well with the script.

Pilot Season: The Test #1 might appeal to fans of Fialkov and Ekedel's Echoes, but those who have never tried their work before should give this a pass. For $4, the comic provides little bang for the buck.

5* ouf of 10*

Review by: GLX

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About the Author - GLX

For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers about comics, video games, and other stuff. He currently resides in The South. You can catch him in the forums or @glxwriter on Twitter.



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