Publisher: Helikon Comics Story & Art: Tara Tallan (nee Jenkins) Cover Price: $2.95 Frequency: Bi-monthly
The first ship to attempt a hyperspatial jump disappeared without a trace - the second returned with its electronics completely burnt out, a depowered husk of a ship whose crew barely made it back alive. But the returning crew have commandeered a third ship to try again, the science vessel Galaxion. Joining with some of the Galaxion's original crew, and now commanded by the wife of the inventor of the Nelson Engines, the third attempt to successfully traverse hyperspace is made, but something goes wrong again...
Like the best work of Robert Heinlein, Jenkins takes a science-fictional concept, mixes in the adventure of pioneering and tells a story about people and how they are affected by, involved with, and ultimately better than the technology which surrounds them.
Some story elements borrow from classic science fiction tales (notably Heinlein and Robotech), but they're put together in a refreshingly original display, with engaging characters, exciting problems, and intriguing backstory. With only three issues under her belt, Tara's already got interesting and distinct personalities for four characters and is seriously developing the others. Somewhat slower-paced than your average comic, Galaxion takes time for character development, painting a rich cast with color and depth. Excellent scripting and dialogue only adds to the verisimilitude of this gem of a book.
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