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Review: Farscape: Strange Detractors #1

Posted by Sarah LeBoeuf On April - 16 - 2009


Cult classic sci-fi hit Farscape is back in comic form once again, with Boom! Studious having released Farscape: Strange Detractors #1 this week. Read on for the full review.


Farscape: Strange Detractors #1
Writers: Rockne S. O’Bannon, Keith R.A. Decandido
Artist: Will Sliney
Cover Artists: Joe Corroney, Dennis Calero

I have to admit, I knew absolutely nothing about the Farscape universe coming into this book. I knew that it used to be a TV show on the Sci-Fi network, and that it had enough fans to develop something of a following. However, I didn’t know anything about the actual history, the story, or the characters. I wasn’t sure that I would be able to get into Farscape: Strange Detractors #1 without this knowledge, but it turned out to not be an issue.

One thing that you should probably know about Farscape is that it takes place in space, with a variety of lifeforms on board a ship acting as a family. This is easy enough to figure out from the first few pages, though. While the issue doesn’t delve into every storyline ever written, it reveals enough about the characters to make the story accessible to both longtime fans and new readers.

The story begins with Earthling John and Peacekeeper Aeryn trying to decide how and where to raise their baby. John is having anxiety about settling down on a single planet, but the only other option is a Peacekeeper upbringing. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but John doesn’t seem totally sold on that idea, either.

Their future-planning is put aside to explore a nearby planet, where they’re supposed to take a break and do some shopping. Is anything ever that easy in space? Apparently not, as people on the planet are… acting strangely, to say the least. There were moments that were a little confusing, but a quick Wiki search helped clear things up.

Farscape shares many elements with other science fiction space stories, mainly the use of strange, made-up words, and a random team of characters living together as they move through space (in those ways, it’s reminiscent of another cult favorite, Firefly). Fans of the genre, and especially fans of the show, will enjoy this series, and it appears to be in good hands.

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