In a far future world and in the far depths of space, a distress signal is sent out from the moon of Aion. Captain Lexi Neel is awoken from hypersleep by her android assistant in order to answer this call. A sketchy time travel experience later, Lexi finds herself thrown into the unexpected opportunity to return home to her daughter, with whom she sacrificed years of time with in order to procure her a better life. But not everything is what it seems on this strange moon and within the research facility on it. Aion by Ludovic Rio is definitely a graphic novel that draws you in.
I was kind of surprised at how blown away I was by the majority of Aion, having kind of expected this to be a story that I enjoyed and moved on from rather quickly. But with some fascinating plot twists, I found that it was incredibly engaging and even managed to stick with me for a while after I finished it. The story, overall, is a brilliant one that keeps you engaged and really takes you by surprise. I genuinely did not anticipate the plot twist at all and I think the moments leading up to it really helped to keep me from figuring it out.
The artwork was beautiful throughout and did a magnificent job of telling the story where the text disappeared. It’s an interesting piece to it all, since most graphic novels I read don’t have nearly as many illustrations without dialogue, but it works well with the overall theme of Aion. And I think, overall, I just really loved how it was incorporated. Silence in a graphic novel is something unique and new for me and overall a really fun inclusion.
I was definitely impressed by the majority of this story and excited to see the unexpected turns that it took. I love the conversation that it derives from, which is the question of how far should we go for science. I also loved how the conclusion slowly came about, the feeling of trust that Lexi exhibited from the start changing over time. While I will admit that I feel the ending was much too abrupt and didn’t really tie up the story–odd, since I suspect there won’t be a sequel–as well as I would like it to, it is overall one of the more impressive graphic novels that I’ve seen.
In fact, I’d love to see this as a full novel or even a film, as I enjoyed it quite a lot.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.