Review: Farscape: Scorpius #7


FARSCAPE: SCORPIUS #7 PREVIEW “The Unexpected Inevitable” Story: Rockne S. O’Bannon Script: David Alan Mack Artist: Gordon Purcell Colorist: Nolan Woodward Letterer: Johnny Lowe Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: November 17th, 2010   While light on action, this issue of the Scorpius limited series gives us a number of important insights into the invading Kkore and their war of conquest on the Uncharted Territories. As a brief recap, in previous issues Scorpius conned his way into first the upper command ranks of the Kkore, a vastly powerful extra-dimensional race previously thought to be legendary. After believing his abilities and loyalties proven to the Kkore, he was given his heart’s desire, the opportunity to subjugate the Scarran Imperium, only to discover an elaborate ruse designed to be the ultimate test of his cunning. Succeeding in bluffing the Scarrans into an unconditional surrender, Scorpius returned to his new masters in triumph. After realizing the gravity and tenuousness of his situation, we saw some real character growth for Scorpius as he realized that for the first time in his life, someone was his superior. This issue continues that as Scorpius begins to realize that he finally does possess a piece of information that, to the Kkore, might seem miniscule but could be the key to everything. He actually toys with the idea of attempting a return to the Peacekeepers, bargaining the information he has gained on the Kkore for a position of power. He realizes, ultimately, that there is no chance the Kkore will not win their war and he’d rather live life as a virtual slave than die free, but pointlessly.  While there is little action this issue, we gain several insights into the Kkore and their mentality. Perhaps most troubling is that, while vast on a scale nearly unimaginable to even Scorpius, the war on the Uncharted Territories is but one campaign of literally hundreds the Kkore are waging simultaneously across numerous times, dimensions and areas of space. Even for Scorpius, this is humbling. As a lead-in to the “War for the Uncharted Territories” story-arc in the main Farscape series, this is important information for a reader to have. While the main series could certainly be enjoyed without it, the Scorpius series has shown us the true scale of the Kkore’s power and just how little they think of all other species. While this is the last of the Scorpius storyline before the beginning of the War for the Uncharted Territories storyline in the main Farscape series, it’s not the last we’ll see of Scorpius’s solo book and I truly hope this is not the last we’ll see of this creative team. David Alan Mack’s stories have been a joy to read, and the art on this series has been top-notch, so if you’ll all do me a small favor, cross your fingers with me for more in 2011.