Farscape #1 Review

Farscape #1

Farscape #1

2004 was an oddly mixed year for most sci-fi fans; it was the year we got to finally see Aliens take on Predators much to most people’s utter disappointment, it’s when we learnt that the Cylons had a plan with the reboot of the fantastic Battlestar Galactica and most importantly we were forced to say goodbye to the crew of a living spaceship named Moya in the mini series Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars.  The show had been cancelled two years previous but due to the sheer tenacity of fans it was granted a reprieve and another chance to wow audiences with it’s off the wall humour and fantastical science fiction concepts for one last time.

Five years later and thanks to Boom! Studios Farscape is back in it’s very own ongoing comic book series.  They tested the water last year with several mini series based on the franchise and due to the popularity and success of those books the series has been extended indefinitely starting with this new number one.  If you didn’t watch the series then I’m guessing this isn’t going to mean anything to you and neither will the comic as this is very much a book for the fans.

The story picks up after the events of the previous couple of mini series, Rygell has left Moya to resume his reigh as Dominar, Sikozu has returned, John Crichton and Aeryn Sun are trying to do their best for their son Ka D’Argo (named after the lost Luxan) and  Jothee has joined the crew, Chiana and Pilot seem to be doing what they always do get into trouble and hang about respectively. Without giving too much away Aeryn is on a mission to find out the truth behind her child whilst Crichton and Chiana are off hitting the Las Vegas of this galxy in search of an assassin, your usual sort of Farscape adventure to be honest.

The most important consideration with any Farscape story is do the characters feel and sound right?  I can report that thankfully this story feels like a genuine continuation of the tv series both in tone and character.  Much like the recent successful Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 comic book you feel as though you can actually hear the actors voices when reading the story and like that series this is most likely due to the talent attached to the project.

Original series creator; Rockne S. O’Bannon handles the story whilst sci-fi and fantasy tv novel tie-in veteran Keith R.A. Decandido (Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who) tackles the script.  Obviously O’Bannon is more than familiar with the series he created and Decandido, who cut his teeth on the five previous Farscape mini series,  seems to really understand not just who these characters are but their delicate and often hilarious relationships with each other.  The art is capably handled by Will Sliney, the characters look enough like the actors that portrayed them to not take you out of the story without attempting to over complicate the action by using too much photo referencing.

Overall this is a good start to a series that although I personally have a very big soft spot for, I would never go near if I didn’t think it was respectful to what has gone before.  Farscape is back and it’s about Frelling time.

GS Reviewer: Gavin Jones (The Boneman)

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3 comments

  1. Thanks so much for the review!

    Just FYI, I wasn’t a stranger to Farscape coming into the comic books: I wrote the 2001 novel House of Cards (which is where Liantac, the Vegasish planet in this issue, first appeared), as well as three short stories for the official magazine and the official role-playing game in 2001 and 2002.

    Again, thanks!

    Keith R.A. DeCandido
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    http://www.decandido.net
    kradical.livejournal.com

    “Even when you turn your back, you’re still facing something.”

  2. Hey no worries, obviously from the review you can see I really enjoyed your story and look forward to reading more. Thanks for the info too, you can really tell you’re familiar with Farscape you seem to know the characters so well it’s like my favourite show is back from the dead. Thank you.

  3. You’re very welcome. 🙂

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