Image Comics 2017
Written by Ryan O’Sullivan
Illustrated by Plaid Klaus
Lettered by Aditya Bidikar
With their ship's AI now activated, our space hobos finally have the roadmap to the promised land of Euphoria. But what use is a roadmap to those who believe the point of a story is the journey, not the destination?
Seriously I think there are times I though I need to be stoned off my mind to understand what was going on. Kudos to Ryan for that too and I doubt he was when he wrote this but to fully get into her state of being and slight what I see as addiction to frooty well damn that’s some intense and well conceived writing or characterisation. Also I kind of think it’s funny that half the time I keep she’s a he from the outlook to the way she acts it’s all just dude and dudette to me and that in itself is an aspect I’m not sure was intended but I will wholeheartedly say it adds a certain something to all this.
There’s a certain amount of fun that comes with the hallucinations that we see here. Not only is it a great form of characterisation but it allows the guys here to really kind of unleash. The creativity here is marvellous to experience as the look into the mind of someone searching for answers and having something of a crisis of conscience. Ana becomes more complicated and interesting with these visions she’s having. They are well done in getting the reader to see there’s more to her than meets the eye and while she’s an addict to the Froot it actually makes that addiction understandable. So suddenly she becomes someone we can relate to and that’s huge.
So the guy, thing, robot, whatever he is has found where they were and is hot on their trail. This character too is kind of beyond out there and that huge (spoiler) hole in his chest and he’s walking, talking and killing well damn! This has two effects upon me, one I want to know more about what the hell he is and two well it keeps Ryan’s writing moving to a new level of interest and wonder. Then there’s Ralph and yes more alien species like him please I mean it’s like Charlie the Owl in space and that I want more of!
Oh Plaid you have a kind of genius of your own when bringing this to life. The attention to detail is really nice and while there are plenty of opportunities for more backgrounds to be in use the characters phew they are phenomenal. You can’t escape the creativity and imagination we see in the alien races we encounter and they make this so much larger in scope. Then there are the vision or hallucinations that are seen in a different way and let the reader know what’s happening. The use of page layouts with the angles and perspective seen in the panels show off a nice eye for storytelling. Cars in space and robot speeding cops give this a more tongue in cheek humour to this and it balances out things better than I would have expected.
Well with the A.I. back online and now the ship more easily traceable things should heat up on the whole running for our lives front. Though if what we get to see this issue that’s never really a problem as the pair keep running around the universe finding themselves in predicaments. I think that its fun, entertaining and different than you’d expect and this is something of a huge draw for me. I had no idea what was going to be happening here and yet here I now sit transfixed by their misadventures.
I’d almost go as far as saying that this has shades of Too Wong Fu.. and Bill & Ted which are blended to make this one of those rare entities that once you start it you won’t ever stop till it’s done.