American Mythology Productions 2017
Written by Mark L. Haynes & J.C. Vaughn
Illustrated by Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Art & Ink Assists by Greg LaRocque
Colours by Gene
Lettered by Natalie Jane
Let’s be honest SGU was the bastard child nobody wanted. It replaced a series that was thoroughly enloyable and nowhere near done in terms of storytelling. It had as haphazard cast of character that were thrown together as if names were pulled from a hat and then there was that one man who thought he was smarter than he was, smarmier than a puss covered slug. There’s a reason it didn’t last and that’s because no one cared about it. So to be brutally honest i’m surprised American Mythology bothered to include it in their repertoire.
I’ve been a huge supporter of what Mark and J.C. have been doing with Atlantis but here in this first issue I feel like it’s the worst possible way to start off a new book. There’s no recap of the characters, no sense in what’s happening and instead it’s as if thought because it’s a part of the Stargate mythology we’d already remember of be up to date on the events that led to the series being cancelled. None of those things hold true. So for me this was a waste of my time.
Not only that but Giancarlo is an illustrator of some repute and even the work he delivers here pales in comparison. It’s like everyone involved in this project didn’t want the job and did a lackluster half-hearted attempt to they could get paid and have it hit stands. As it stands I feel the story is jumbled, haphazard and hard to follow as the series of events don't make the greatest of sense to a reader and there's no way this can even remotely be considered new reader friendly.
This would have been the perfect opportunity to start all over again and do it the right way. Reintroduce us to the cast of characters inhabiting the ship and establishing personalities and reasons for being on-board. Let us see from the get go the inherent problems they face and how they got to the point where a massive ship that’s only been fractionally explored is in the state it’s in, one needing massive repairs and having so little food or way of sustaining the small crew on board.
This show was horrid and this was the vehicle to really make it better and fit into the Stargate Universe in ways that made sense and turned it into a complementary series. The potential with these creators is so skyrocket high I feel like the ship never got off the landing pad. This was meh at best for me. The characterisation is lackluster and there was never an opportunity for me to find a character I liked, wanted to support or even just old fashioned gave a damn about.
For the first time American Mythology and the boys have let me down.