Review: Farscape #15
"The War for the Uncharted Territories, Part 3: Nothing Left to Lose"
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: January 19th, 2011
All-out action issue!
The current Farscape storyline, begun two issues ago, is the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of development over the course of two different Farscape-related series. Now, finally, the Grennij/Kkore invasion of the Uncharted Territories is in full swing as they sweep across the known universe conquering or eradicating from existence all civilizations they’ve come across.
After last issue, in which Aeryn and John Crichton regain control of the Peacekeepers from the mutinous Commandant Grayza supporters only to be assaulted by a Grennij fleet, we join a devastated Peacekeeper armada desperately scrambling to escape. With the sacrifice of the bulk of their troops and more than a few friends, the three leviathans (including a badly wounded Moya) manage to escape with barely 20,000 Peacekeepers aboard and only a handful of space-worthy war machines.
The majority of the issue is devoted to the escape, and features some spectacular space battles, as well as a deal of noble sacrifices and some nail biting. A brief interlude shows Chianna once more trying to talk her illicit lover out of hunting down Deke Crichton. As usual, this feels more like filler than anything else and interrupted the flow of the main story. Chianna’s storyline has been dragging on for ages, it seems, and while it was initially interesting - it now feels forced. At this point, I’d rather they put it aside and deal with it in a Chianna-centric issue down the road or tie it into the main story in a concrete way. Perhaps that is being worked up to, but it’s being done in a way that doesn’t feel organic to the story.
I was pleased to see Scorpius make a brief appearance, and I look forward to the continuation of his solo storyline which has been woven nearly seamlessly into the main story of the Kkore’s invasion.
As usual, the art and scripting of this episode are solid. As a Farscape fan from the series premiere many years ago, I stuck with this book through some less than spectacular stories, but now I feel like I’m being rewarded for my investment. The book has not only recaptured my enthusiasm, but also the spirit of the original television show and for that I am thankful to the creators who work on this series.