American Gothic Press 2016
Based on the Unproduced Teleplay by Carey Wilber
Adapted & Edited by Holly Interlandi
Illustrated by Kostas Pantoulas
Coloured by Patrick McEvoy
Lettered by Marshall Dillon
There’s something I noticed after reading this issue that really hit home. I like this sticks to the guys and it’s Will who sees what’s really happening. As a kid who’s mind is still growing, developing and isn’t set in it’s ways he can see what the adults can’t and it’s a lesson that’s as important today as it was then. I mean to dismiss his opinions like was done here because as an adult you know better well that’s not only a disservice but you also forget how you were at that age.
This story is making me look at the original show with more respect and admiration. These aliens that are putting the boys through their paces took out the Robot and is keeping their eyes on them to see how they react. Watching them run a maze much like we’d put mice through to see their reaction and if they have some form of higher intelligence. The parallel is startling and extremely poignant.
I know the special effects back then were less than stellar but I have to say this story is one that would’ve made great television. The characterization here is pretty darn spectacular and seeing Don get frustrated and leave because the Professor was listening to his son was great. I mean c’mon he was eye candy first and foremost but seeing him react like this just reminds the reader of someone they know, yes we all know someone who thinks they are right, has the plan that will work and doesn’t listen.
I never did realize how Will Robinson was really the star here. Which is kind of funny considering the cast itself. After fixing the Robot I was surprised that his young mind that is sharp as a tack didn’t pick up what I did. Then again i’m reading the story he’s “living” it and that’s whole different perspective. Still I do like that nuggets give off here and after Will mentioned what he noticed when he was younger and the words the Robot says yeah that he doesn’t make the connection is wild.
Aside from the writing and the properties American Gothic Press has been impressing me with they are also introducing me to some incredible artists. Kostas has an incredible eye for storytelling and I really like the way he’s able to use the script and bring it to life. I like that we get to keep that original tone and feel of the series and yet at the same time have it feel kind of modern and now. The attention to detail really is impressive.
If you ever watched the television series you’ll enjoy this, if you’ve never seen it then this a great chance to get to know what it was all about. This is new reader friendly and is a wonderful addition to the franchise, if you discount that movie made a number of years ago.