COMIC REVIEW: Man From Space, Vol. 1

After self-publishing his comic Man From Space and even running it online as a webcomic for a while, Marc Jackson has found a home for the comic with the publisher Markosia. Collecting the three issues that Jackson self-published, this first volume follows the crazy adventures of the titular Man From Space, his best friend the goldfish Michael, and their weird, odd journey through space and time that brings them into contact with robots, clones, giant talking rocks, midgets, and more.

The Man From Space and Michael crash land on an alien planet, because Michael should never be piloting a spaceship. Seriously, he’s just a goldfish. A friendly alien saves the two, nursing The Man From Space back to health after a bump on his noggin. A teleporting robot strands The Man From Space on yet another planet before he uses help from a giant talking desert rock to get out of his troubles and get back to Michael. The volume ends with Michael and The Man From Space going rock climbing with a diminutive wrestler who only speaks Spanish and seeing an incredible view.

Jackson does it all on Man From Space, writing, drawing, lettering, and putting it all together. He weaves some loosely connected and incredibly quirky stories that you can’t help but laugh about. The writing makes for some laughs throughout and the characters are funny. His art is stylish, using simple shapes with added detail to give a nice look to it all. I think there’s probably some graphic design experience that goes into the stylish simplicity of it all. The last chapter in the volume isn’t really connected to the first two, so it’s a bit of a disconnect at first, but it makes sense considering the past printings. What I personally found most interesting was the “backmatter” type strips that Jackson included, complete with a little bit of history of the comic. Seeing its origins as a Spanish-language strip before transitioning to a full comic, and then having a spin-off strip in Jackson’s local paper, was a nice little bit of history for readers who may not have read it before this collected edition.

All in all, this is a nice little collected edition of a fun comic. It’s cartooning at its purest, looking to just be tons of fun and a good time. The fact that it could generally be all-ages, despite a slight bit of adult humor, makes it all the more appealing to readers who might be tired of all the grim and gritty that so generally seems to be the standard nowadays.

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GS Rating: 4/5
GS Blogger: Leo Johnson

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