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Bountiful Garden
by Ivy Noelle Weir, Kelly Williams, Giorgio Spalletta
Mad Cave Studios, $14.99, 120pp
Published: April 2022

In the year 2200, a team of teenage scientists are sent on a terraforming mission to a distant planet. Selected as the best and brightest of their generation, architect Jonas, botanist Marnie, biologist Jane, engineers Anya and Kamari, and security detail Kurt are all put into cryostasis expected to wake up when it is time to prepare to land on their assigned planet. When they are awakened abruptly, ten years early, halted above a strange planet, the teens are tasked with trying to figure out why they're stalled - or what stalled them. As they break into two teams, one tasked with fixing the ship, the other with exploring the unknown planet below, they're faced with an increasingly nightmarish scenario as they encounter a cosmic horror that seems to not only have attacked their ship, but also their minds.

Collects issues 1 - 5

Six teens wake from cryostasis years early and try to determine what is going wrong with their ship. They are orbiting an unknown planet that is not on their maps. Faced with the reality that, even if they fix the ship, waking two years early means shortages in their food supply; three of them take the shuttle down to the planet surface to search for food sources.  What follows is a creepy descent into horror as one by one the teens succumb to a malevolent power.

The artwork is wonderful, it sets the mood very well. The story, while somewhat predictable, was well-executed. 

The e-copy was difficult to read - enlarged enough to easily read the print it interfered with seeing the whole page of artwork so I recommend a hard copy to truly appreciate the artwork and the story. So, all in all, a good read in a physical copy that will do the artwork justice while keeping the reader immersed in the story. ~~ Stephanie L Bannon

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