Review: Farscape #13 (Ongoing)
FARSCAPE #13 (Ongoing) PREVIEW “The War for the Uncharted Territories, Part 1: Twice More Unto the Breach” Story: Rockne S. O’Bannon & Keith R.A. Decandido Script: Keith R.A. Decandido Artist: Will Sliney Colorist: Zac Atkinson Letterer: Johnny Lowe Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: November 17th, 2010 The first issue of the newest Farscape story-arc can be summed up easily enough in one word: suspenseful. It seems my patience over the last year has been rewarded, and I’m glad I stuck with this series. The last storyline of the series detailed the Grennij/Kkore invasion of the Uncharted Territories from their own domain in Grey Space, as well as plethora of subplots involving Chiana’s love life, Noranti’s lifecycle and the turbulent leadership of the Peacekeepers. All this has come to a head, at last. The issue opens with the Grennij assault on the Hynerian Empire’s space, a fight in which the Hynerians (considered a military powerhouse) are barely able put up a meaningful resistance attempt. I particularly enjoyed the sequence on the planet between the Dominar Rygel and his advisors; the humor captures the spirit and character of Rygel perfectly. The remainder of the issue is mostly a “discovery phase” of the story as Aeryn, the newly-appointed supreme commander of the Peacekeepers, and her attendants discover the extent of the Grennij invasion into the Uncharted Territories and discuss a plan to move forward. I was intrigued by the brief Scorpius interlude, in which we see some glimmer of conscience as he is ordered to destroy a planet, and exterminate its inhabitants, completely incapable of defending themselves. It seems the character growth from the Scorpius limited series is not yet at an end. The art in this issue was interesting, though inconsistent. In some sections of the book, particularly the introductory space battle and the later section with Scorpius, Will Sliney’s art is intensely vibrant in a way I don’t recall it being before. In other sections, however (such as the interaction between Aeryn Sung and the other Peacekeeper officers), it seemed rushed. Not bad, per se, but not of the same quality as some of the other pages. In the final analysis, this was a very strong book and I am looking forward to the continuation of this storyline.