Biotope: Volume 1

Biotope: Volume 1

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis

A police captain and his two detectives arrive on Biotope, a distant planet on which a scientific base has been erected, to investigate a murder-suicide. They soon realize that all is not right on this self-sustaining base and that the scientists, some of whom are downright hostile towards them, aren’t telling them everything. A sci-fi thriller dripping with mood and atmosphere, in which the mounting tension is palpable and the jungle that lies beyond the glass walls of their claustrophobic interior is dense, oppressive and full of deadly secrets… – Goodreads

Review

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this quite a bit. The art style was engaging while being easy to follow. I particularly liked how the art was done for both the dance scene and the fight scene at the club. The coloring there also really captured my attention.

As for the writing, I thought it was a little by-the-numbers at first, but the twist at the end has me eager to pick up the next volume. Appollo managed to make everyone in the, rather large (for short a short piece), cast distinct and memorable. Finally, I liked the overall tone of the narration and dialogue. Effortlessly brought the “hard boiled detective” part of the story to life for me.