I don't know if writer David Hine and artist Doug Braithwaite are actively giving Avatar the finger (since I refuse to see the movie) or if this is just a story they want to tell, sharing a central conceit but refusing to oversimplify things. I love Storm Dogs. Its got such a rich alien landscape explored through political and racial tension as well as personal drama and intrigue. It's all centered around a murder investigation but Hine and Braithwaite take the tropes and formulae of CSI and Law and Order and blow it into 72mm cinema-worthy storytelling. It's still got action but it's not action-centric, this is full on, broad-scope storytelling. The characters all have a history, they're not archetypes in any respect, and Hine each issue puts a character in focus in a backup profile to the story. He details some of the thoughts put into their creation as well as hints as to their backstory which may not get a chance to surface in-story. Equally the political structure of intergalactic civilization as well as the planet Amaranth on which the story takes place fascinate me. I am quite taken with this universe and some of these characters,to the extent that I'm hopeful for more of it beyond just this 6-part story.