Spoiler-Free Sci-Fi Horror Comic Review: John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex 2.0 Issue One of Eight

Without spoiling, we review, Sci-Fi Horror Comic- John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction Vortex 2.0 Issue One of Eight, which is hitting the stores on June 17th, 2020, and is the continuation of the epic first Vortex Series.


More than 20 years after the Benson Station disaster, an unauthorized rescue mission brings the survivors together again. Now some 5,500 light years from home, a familiar evil is rising… with a score to settle. Writer Mike Sizemore (Vortex, Tales for A Halloweenight) and the art team of brothers Dave Kennedy and Pete Kennedy, return to bring you Vortex 2.0 #1 (of 8), the seventh story in John Carpenter’s monthly anthology series, Tales of Science Fiction!

Official Trailer of VORTEX 2.0 :-

Official Trailer of the Vortex 1 Paperback for reference:

Spoiler-Free Review:

From the vision of John Carpenter, and Sandy King, along with the talents of a very talented team behind the project, comes the sequel to the highly popular Sci-Fi Horror comic series- Tales of Science Fiction Vortex. The first series of Vortex (Which was released as a paperback and we also reviewed it) introduced us to the story of a team going to an abandoned mines in a faraway planet to inspect it for any remaining crew after the reports of an entire team going missing during a mission. We also saw how the team, after returning from the mission faced many weird, and scary situations of alien infestation. The first volume ended on a high note and felt like a good satisfying end, while still leaving some questions unanswered. Vortex 2.0 issue 1 of 8 helps to provide the next parts of the story along with the outcome of many exciting things that happened during Vortex 1.

  We meet a familiar face from the first Vortex comic series, and see some new advancements in the medical science while the story progresses. The setting is breathtaking as we see a human settlement in the space many light years away from Earth. We also see a glimpse of Earth or some planet where another of our Vortex 1 character resides. The setting is of lab, settlement, and some action in space, and Earth. It also shows a strangely relevant aspect of medical science of how we, the humans would do anything to get cured of diseases, and stay healthy. If you have read the first Vortex, you’ll be as terrified as the main lead here. Even if not, the hints provided through dialogues, flashbacks and the end of this issue helps the readers to know the seriousness of the alien symbiotic beings. There are some major twists and revelations, some pleasant and many scary as this issue feels like a perfect sequel along with a bit like a prequel as we get to know more about the main hero’s past. This issue ends in mystery, while giving enough content to satisfy you till the next issue of Vortex 2 arrives.

The characters, and illustrations feel realistic and beautifully made as colors and style suits the sci-fi horror futuristic theme. The dialogues, and writing help the reader to connect with the characters despite the futuristic setting. There is mild language, some non-sexualized nudity in a horror setting, lots of blood, gore, mild violence, and no suggestive themes. A perfect read of mature sci-fi horror fans.

Overall, filled with intriguing story, horror, action, and surprisingly plentiful of content in its 32 pages, Vortex 2 issue 1 is a beginning of a sequel series that takes the story forward and increases the excitement with every scene. While reading the first Vortex series/paperback helps to know the depth of the characters, and what happened before the Vortex 2 started, this issue does provide hints, and information about the characters and situations to know why the protagonist is so horrified. For sci-fi as well as horror fans, Tales of Science Fiction Vortex 2.0 is a must read, as it provides an entertainment and thrills similar to the horror games like Dead Space 2, and Hollywood movies like Aliens but with the signature Storm King comic art, suspense, and intriguing storytelling technique that keeps the readers glued to the book till it ends.

Team behind the Book:

Series created by JOHN CARPENTER and SANDY KING
Written by MIKE SIZEMORE Pencils & Inks by DAVE KENNEDY Colors by PETE KENNEDY Lettering by JANICE CHIANG Edited by SANDY KING Cover art by TIM BRADSTREET
Title Treatment by JOHN GALATI
Managing Editor: Sean Sobczak Graphic Designer: Sean Sobczak Office Coordinator: Antwan Johnson Publicity: Sphinx PR – Elysabeth Galati

Buy the Vortex 2.0 Issues from here:

Storm King Website Vortex 2.0 Store

Buy the Trade Paperback of Vortex 1 & their issues here:

StormKingProductionsStore.com (Vortex 1 section)

Our Review of Vortex 1 Paperback:

John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex – Trade Paperback Review

Our Reviews of Vortex 2.0 Issues:

Spoiler-Free Sci-Fi Horror Comic Review: John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex 2.0 Issue 2 (of 8)

Spoiler-Free Sci-Fi Space Horror Comic Review: John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex 2.0 Issue 3 (of 8)

Know more about the creators:

Our past articles about John Carpenter’s Science Fiction Graphic Novels:

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