Alan Smithee

Farscape #17 – Review

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It’s been some time since I’ve checked in on Aeryn, Crichton, and the zany bunch of aliens in the Farscape universe, I wonder what could possibly be going on with these guys. I mean, what more could these people possibly endure while keeping their sanity?

If I remember correctly, the last time I did a review for any of the Farscape books, it was when Scorpius was reluctantly working with the Kkore and was responsible for the downfall of the Scarran Empire using nothing but his bravado.

Jump forward a few issues, and Scorpius has seen the writing on the wall when it comes to working with the Kkore. Essentially for this race, once you’ve outlived your usefulness, you get replaced without any warning. With that said, he has escaped from the Kkore mothership with a very interesting passenger who was being held prisoner on the same ship. He and the unlikely hero that is Dominar Rygel XVI work to escape the Kkore once and for all in the hopes they can escape to Peacekeeper space.

This book is heavy on the team building between Scorpius and Rygel, so if that’s not your thing, you might want to pass. However, there are some charming bits of dialogue between the two that make the price of the issue worth the cost.

The issue is mainly full of exposition that is setting the stage between the amassed forces of the Peacekeepers and their allies and the Kkore, all of which will play out in grand fashion in the next couple of issues I’m sure.

The writing, as far as I’m concerned, fits perfectly with the characters we’ve all come to know and love over the past decade, so I have no problems there except for one line of dialogue that took me completely out of the book, so it loses a few points there, but I’m chalking that up to artist/writer mis-communication. You’ll know it when you see it.

STORY: 77%
ART: 73%

As for the art, I have to say that I’m not completely sold on Will Sliney’s work and preferred the art of Gordon Purcell in the Scorpius stand alone series. I’m not saying it’s bad, but it’s not my favorite either…it’s hard to put into words, it just seemed that he’s really great at space scenes and technological drawings, but kind of misses out when it’s landscapes.

Will if you read this, please don’t take it personally, I’ve enjoyed your art throughout the series, just this episode it didn’t seem quite as polished as it normally is.

All in all, you can’t go wrong with this series if you’re looking to keep the feeling you got watching the series alive.

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