Alan Smithee

Farscape #19 – Review

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John Crichton just may be one of my favorite characters in all of sci-fi, which is saying a ton considering he keeps good company with Captain James T. Kirk and Captain Malcolm Reynolds. I can only wonder if Rockne S. O’Bannon had any clue as to the awesomeness of the character he was to unleash onto the world.

Whether in print or on the television, O’Bannon’s writing is always firing on all cylinders. The man definitely knows how to tell a good story and since we’re so close to the end of this arc, what we’re seeing is very much akin to the halfway points of the television show episodes.

As many of you know already, I’m an admitted fan of the Farscape universe. If I could somehow sign up to be a PK or live on a planet where I got bliss from working the fields harvesting Tannot root and thinking that everyday was a Friday, I sure as hell would.

Now that that is out of the way, let me tell you why this is so important to this month’s issue. First off all, the cover of the comic features a completely unmasked Stark which should tell you that we might get a glimpse of the fan-favorite Aurora Chaired madman…and we do, but you’ll have to pick it up to find out why.

Second bit for the fans is the Diagnosan ship that we find Rygel and Scorpius hitching a ride in, guess who could possibly be on a Diagnosan ship who has worked with these two? If you guessed the off-putting yet lovable character Grunchlk, you’d be correct. I just find it so satisfying that the characters we loved on the show are being continued in the print version.

I love Rockne S. O’Bannon’s pacing in these issues and how he makes the story seem like a giant chess game against Kasparaov, in so much where you can see only a few steps ahead while he is just playing with you the entire time.

The artwork that I had reservations about last time has sadly come back to the forefront in this issue, but not nearly as bad.

Maybe it’s the spoiled manga reader in me or maybe it’s that I’m not an art critic, but my only complaint in Mr. Sliney’s work is that in a few panels this month, but some of the lines that he tries to make appear as age lines, or definitive lines in fleshing out the characters face are drawn much too straight and a bit too dark.

Again, this isn’t a common issue with this book but there are concerns I have about some of the character close up images of characters like John, they’re just a bit too rough of an image for me. If this is a specific look that Will Sliney is going for, I’m not a fan.

Beyond that one issue, this is a great issue of the comic and one that seriously got me thinking of what the endgame will be with the Kkore and the rest of the cast in the Falaman system. Judging by the way this issue ended, we might get to see even more of that good ol’ John Crichton humor used in the face of insurmountable odds, but even if he’s not brought before the Kkore’s queen at some point in this arc, it’s been fun to have him be his wild ‘dickswinging’ self. I just hope he’s not completely frelled by General Ba.

STORY: 94%
ART: 76%

There are a few other revelations we find out this issue such as Noranti finding out that her long, long, long, long, long, long life is coming to an end that has me wondering just exactly what character they can get to replace her as the Pa’u Zhaan and Stark fill in. Maybe we’ll get a little more Stark in our lives again?

Fans of the series should stop at nothing to have this series in their collections, it’s only a shame that it comes once a month and not weekly like the television series did, oh well, c’est la vie!

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