A Transforming Mystery: Review of Denver Moon #3

Written by Warren Hammond and Joshua Viola
Art by Matt Hubel, Aaron Lovett, and Matt Van Scoyk

This review contains spoilers.

Denver Moon travels deep within Mars to find the answers for her investigation. Instead of answers, Moon receives more questions.

Moon finds Ana and Steig, who are individuals behind the murder of the robot from the first issue. Steig is a human and Ana is a robot. Steig helps Ana become her true self. Ana was a prostitute male robot and decided to change to be herself. Her female robot friends agreed to help her and offered their body parts for her transition. Ana’s friends volunteered to help her, and Steig carried out the task of chopping them up. He leaves their chips, or their minds, and leaves them unharmed until a new body is found.

As one reads the dialogues of Steig and Ana about their actions and the flashback panels, some might extrapolate two possible themes. One theme is: are the actions of Steig and Ana justified and right? The female robots volunteered to help Ana out of their own free will. Yet, in the eyes of Denver Moon, killing a robot is robocide and illegal on Mars. Who is right? The other theme is the freedom of whom you want to be. Ana wants to be a female robot on Mars. Does Ana have the freedom to be herself? Do robots have freedom and equal rights as humans? The writers have done an amazing job with the dialogue of allowing readers to come to these possible themes.

This was not the ending she was not expecting, and some readers thought the same. Denver Moon is in a conflicted situation by the end of this issue. Moon was assigned a job, and now it is left her with questions of the human and robot relationship on Mars.

The team behind Denver Moon gave us a comic worth our attention. I am now a fan of Mars’ favorite private eye, Denver Moon. Pick up Denver Moon now!


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