"Star Crossed Galaxy" #1 features a lot of elements that fans of "Firefly," "Star Wars" and "Battlestar Galacitca" will be familiar with, but the well-paced story and strong artwork make the book more than just a re-tread of what's come before.
In the first issue, readers are introduced to a space-based future where the entire galaxy suffered a great plague some 500 years earlier. Humans are now part of a coalition of spacefaring races that are currently at odds with pirates that operate outside the coalition. The story follows Captain Cull and the crew of the Outlander as they encounter a band of pirates. Despite the protests of his crew, the overconfident Cull decides to board the pirate ship, and the results don't turn out so well.
Wrtiter Ryan Keyworth provides a action-packed story that keeps things moving and also gets readers aquainted with the universe. He gives each of the characters enough personality to stand out without slowing down the pace of the story. There's also an interesting subplot about a mysterious discovery by another coalition group that sets up future stories. The art by Matt Martin is solid all the way through, and he handles the action-heavy sequences and the character dialog scenes equally well.
I enjoyed "Star Crossed Galaxy" #1, and I'm looking forward to learning more about the characters and the universe they inhabit in upcoming issues.