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Farscape #4

Posted: Thursday, April 9, 2009
By: Alex C. Lupp

Rockne S. O’Bannon & Keith R.A. Decandido
Tommy Patterson, Michael Babinksy (i), Marshall Dillon (i), Andrew Dalhouse (c)
BOOM! Studios
Plot: Rygel’s bid for his throne reaches its climax. Meanwhile, John and Aeryn learn more about what it means to be parents.

Comments: BOOM! Studios is making a habit of publishing good comics based on science fiction shows. I have to admit I was a little anxious about this book. I once followed Farscape religiously, but then for various reasons stopped watching it. I had no idea what had happened prior to the events in this mini-series, but through some Wikipedia use that was quickly solved. In fact that is the only real fault I can find with this comic book. It is only accessible to fans of the show. If you don’t know who John Crichton, Aeryn Sun, Rygel, Chiana, and the rest of the characters are, then you will be lost.

If on the other hand you’re a fan of the show, or like me have a basic understanding of who is who, then this is quite a treat. It was surprising to see just how good this was. I found myself reading this book eagerly and have suddenly decided to track down the show’s four seasons and watch it all. To me that is a job well done.

The show’s quirky feel is all here, as are John’s sarcastic remarks and cultural references. The characterization is dead on. Having the creator of the show write the story certainly helps with that. The pacing is also really good and well balanced between the various narratives in this book. Rygel’s story is more or less wrapped up, but plot thread concerning the mysterious man that tries to kill John, as well as the question of baby D’Argo’s odd ability, will be picked up on later in a sequel mini-series. Yet, despite this lack of resolution, the story does not disappoint, the ending is fulfilling, while at the same time whetting the appetite for more to come.

The art is good. At times it is a little cartoony, but it never really falls short. The characters are all recognizable and that’s something that some of these licensed comics have struggled with.

Final Word: A great book for fans of the show.

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