The American blogger Pipeline Comics has read Orbital this weekend and wrote a review about this great Sci-Fi series:
" You can't judge a book by its cover.
Except "Orbital." Go ahead and judge it. Those covers are beautiful.
Good news: So are the insides. If you don't believe me yet, click through those covers and look at the previews.
On so many comics, you get fancy paintings on the cover to get your attention, but then you open up the book and find something completely different.
Not with "Orbital." You get the same painted excellence on the inside that you see on the cover.
Artist Serge Pelle draws and then paints futuristic worlds filled with marvelous technologies that are appealing and awe-inspiring. He can place them right next to the grungiest environments and the dirtiest of back alleys and still make your jaw drop. Across these seven books, you'll race through swamps, mining colonies, flying car-filled cities, and ludicrously large space ports.
You can see bits of Moebius and "Star Wars" in Pelle's art. He tends to favor ships with rounded corners, more organic shapes, and exposed seams. They fly through space and in a planet's atmosphere with grace and speed.
Then he takes you to the surfaces of worlds and pulls off everything from car chases to hand-to-hand combat.
Sylvain Runberg's story provides all of those elements. He creates a world where you can get the right mixture of politics, diplomacy, and high octane action/adventure in every book. There's tension in all phases. That helps move you through every scene, even when the scene is "just" explaining some aspect of the plot. Runberg carefully adds competing points of view there to keep the drama going.
"Orbital" is a book about the Confederation, which is kind of like the U.N. of space, or Babylon 5 with a much larger station. Focusing on two characters -- a human and a Sandjarr, whose race just lost a large war with the humans -- the series follows their first diplomatic and security-driven missions.
Things go wrong, of course, and their decisions on how to keep the peace lead to unintended consequences that they have to pay for further down the line.
By the fifth book, the series is already blowing itself up. It's fascinating to watch work, and a lot of fun to read. Go back and read everything a second time and you'll see how Runberg has been putting the pieces into play all along.
"Orbital" is that rare example of a book where both the art and story work at the highest levels. If you're anything like me, your only disappointment will be that the eighth volume isn't out yet.
Or the ninth, tenth, eleventh, etc.
What more can you ask for in a series? "
Augie De Blieck Jr.
In the 23rd century, humans and Sandjarrs are allowed to join an intergalactic multiracial organisation set up 8,000 years before. The humans are seen as a belligerent, underdeveloped race by the other members of the organisation and have been kept out of it until now. The Sandjarrs had stayed out of interplanetary politics until a war between themselves and the humans broke out. Now Caleb, a human, and Mezoke, a Sandjarr, are paired up and trained as special agents to keep the intergalactic peace. This is a controversial and historic alliance, and a lot of people are watching them. Their first mission is to keep war from breaking out between humans and Javlodes on the planet Senestam.