When MNGR First Class João da Silva arrives on the moon of Titan to take charge of Homestead Station, he finds the massive mining colony plagued by tensions between the giant, genetically-engineered Titan workers and the Terran management. As anger mounts, what began as a routine posting quickly turns into something far more dangerous.
... stellar ... knits together contemporary issues with an expansive and fascinating vision of a future on a faraway moon ... Propelled by secret allegiances, unexpected decisions, and a real sense of heart, Vigneault’s narrative unfolds as a fast-moving page-turner, but it is also a complex, visceral, even chilling exploration of the ways our identities, and our very humanity, are enmeshed with the larger political landscapes in which we find ourselves – for better and, sometimes, worse ... Vigneault’s cartooning is lively, conjuring a community on the verge of revolution in otherworldly red, black, and white. The accessible visual style is an integral part of his world-building, as is the dialogue infused both with 22nd-century neologisms and the various dialects of a society divided by class and geography. Blending elements of political thriller, hard sci-fi dystopia, and classic love story, Titan is a brisk but rich read. Vigneault has already accumulated quite a number of award nominations and wins in both Quebec and France, and his English-language graphic novel debut is not to be missed.
Shades of pink, black, and white dominate the art for this title, which cinematically cultivates an alien atmosphere. Amid the sf action, this title questions valuing capitalism and its profits over living beings. Though the story starts off rather slow as João explores Homestead, the action-packed second half is where all the buildup pays off. An intimate scene between Phoebe and João, as well as graphic violence, solidify this as an adult title.