The Barbarella series from Dynamite has been hit or miss. The first issue was impressive enough, but the next two seemed less than stellar, to say the least. However, I was still intrigued by the treatment of the character. I decided to try the fourth issue. There was enough science fiction in that first story to be interesting. With a new storyline, I decided to give Barbarella another chance.
Black Mask is quickly becoming one of my favorite publishers, out to produce some quality comics. We Can Never Go Home continues to be a major contender for comic of the year, and their other titles have a level of quality in the story and art that rival other publishers with a significant market share. Outside of We Can Never Go Home, we haven't been able to review their other titles, but that is going to change, right now. The first of their other books that we're going to review is a nice little adventure in time travel, Transference.
I've really been loving this series, so it wasn't strange for me to read the next issue as soon as I could. It's been very good with using science fiction elements to tell a different, more personal story about something other than time travel. While it's blatant about its intentions, it's entertaining in its execution. Because it goes so far into the realm of theoretical time travel theory, it can play loose with the rules. To say more would be getting into reviewing the comic, so rather than blather on, let's get started with the review.
I'm a sucker for science fiction comics. Although Marvel and DC seemed determined to keep publishing super-heroes, the smaller publishers like BOOM! are ready to take chances on stories with a good, catchy sci-fi premise. This week sees the latest new series from them, Broken World by Frank Barbiere and Christopher Peterson. BOOM! was nice enough to send us a review copy and provide preview pages for you.
SAGA #22 Brian K. Vaughn (w) Fionna Staples (a) FC • 32 pages • $2.99 • Mature The family is tested. REVIEW: Boy, is that a teaser or what? After the first part of the story had Alana and Marko fleeing two armies that wanted them and their daughter dead. Now that they actually have to get down to being
STARSTREAM #3 1976 No Spoilers this week, as this is an anthology published by Whitman in 1976. I seem to recall that my original copies were purchased at a discount store (think K-Mart-ish) when I was five or six in a pack of 3. That means to get all four issues of this series, I must've ended up with multiples of something. The premise of the anthology is that there are comic adaptations of science fiction short stories, with an occassional original thrown in. The caliber of artists is quite good for the most part, with only few exceptions. At another time, I may cover the other issues, but I have a reason for getting to this one first. Also, I used the synopsis for the April Fool's entry, What If #34. Again, no spoilers, since for the summary, I'm just going to copy from the contents page.