Saturday, May 2, 2009

Farscape: Strange Detractors #1

Written by Rockne S. O'Bannon and Keith R.A. DeCandido
Art by Will Sliney

Now this is more like it. I found the first Farscape series from Boom! to be a disappointment - there was way too much plot squeezed into four issues, I hated that Scorpius was causing trouble again 15 minutes after the end of the Peacekeeper Wars, and the art was really stiff and hard to follow.

This issue here felt much more like an episode of the TV show - one of the stranger ones too. The plot is right out of Star Trek - something's making the crew act weird. It's not very original, but it does provide O'Bannon the opportunity to work out his kinks on characterization, and to explore the new status quo created by D'Argo's death, and Jothee's and Deke's inclusion into the cast.

The art in this issue is much looser than in the previous mini-series. The characters may not look exactly like the actors at all times, but it's easy enough to tell who is who (except I kept wondering if I was looking at the new Luxan or Jothee), and there is a lot more creativity to the way in which action is portrayed.

It seems that the creators of the comic are not looking to find any new converts to the Farscape mythos though. This comic required not just a general knowledge of the tv show, but an encyclopedic one, as I was struggling to remember what the different races hanging around on the commerce station (how do they call that a planet) were. In the long run, this might be a mistake, but it worked for me. I hope they find a large enough audience that they can be successful in this venture.

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