Tech Watch is a tech-heavy western-style sci-fi where two badass, super smart gentlemen, Isaiah Grey and Dr. Sebastian Lyons square off against each other in a cat and mouse game to control the best, most advanced technology in the world. Tech Watch has a couple really good moments where Grey and Lyons verbally parry each other and there are also some fun military-focused pages/panels that show incredible looking tech-suited soldiers as they make assaults on the enemy’s headquarters. There are definitely some really cool pieces to this title. However, by the end of the first issue, it’s hard to tell which of the two main characters is the hero or even the protagonist and why readers should keep up with the title.
Tech Watch looks cool. Ernesto Vicente does a great job laying out a wonderfully impassioned looking cover. There are also several panels/pages inside Tech Watch #1 where Grey’s military tech team look as intense and intimidating as Stormtroopers from Star Wars. Eventually, we also get to see some awesome looking military vehicles and robots that are seriously imposing and stylish. Vicente also does a great job of emoting Grey and Lyons as they talk to each other about the technology that Grey has come to steal from Lyons.
While Lewis has definitely written an interesting world and his characters are certainly intense and cool on that badass level, they are lacking any humanity that allows the reader to empathize with them and keep coming back for updates. Dr. Lyons, the developer of much of the tech in this book comes off more as a robot than a genius and while super-intelligence is certainly something to aspire to, it’s not a character trait that by itself makes a person worth hanging out with. Grey leads the team of military tech-troopers that are an extension of his own aggression. However, he controls them with a cold ferocity that might make him a good leader in the real world but it leaves him friendless and unsympathetic.
Tech Watch definitely has some really great aspects and it is an ambitious and intense read but the characters leave the reader unsure who to cheer for.