Review: Farscape (Ongoing) #14
“The War for the Uncharted Territories, Part 2: Death is Taxing” 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: December 15th, 2010 After the last, as I described suspenseful, issue of the Farscape series the current issue is something entirely different. I’d term it “eventful.” The last storyline of the series, detailing the mounting of Grennij/Kkore invasion of the Uncharted Territories from their own domain in Grey Space, has begun in earnest along with the Kkore’s war. In the first issue of the current story arc, we are left with the Peacekeepers - apparently the only organized military face still capable of putting up meaningful resistance against the Kkore in the throes of a burgeoning civil war. The issue opens where the last left off, with Commandant Grayza’s mutinous force of loyal Peacekeepers apparently with the upper hand over Aeryn Sun’s loyal forces. As frequently seems to be the case in the Uncharted Territories, however, they (as others have before them) have not taken John Crichton or his resourcefulness into account. With quick thinking and the help of loyalists still on board, John is able to rapidly re-take command of the PK command carrier and Aeryn Sun’s reconfirmation of her troops’ loyalties. The balance of the issue’s pages is spent showcasing Aeryn’s practicality, as well as her willingness to deal with threats both external and internal quickly, though with a respect for life (likely gained from her studies of the Sebacean religious texts she picked up earlier in the series) many of her fellow Peacekeepers do not share. Grayza warns her that she, like Aeryn herself, may well live to plaque the PKs again. That, of course, is a storyline for another day. We are also given a brief interlude with Sikozu that shows us just how ruthless Scorpius can be in the service of his new masters. His willingness to do nearly anything to attain his goals is well-known, but the heights he reaches in this issue rise may surprise even seasoned Farscape fans. The art and scripting of this episode are solid, as ever, but the rapidly expanding plot is where the book shines. It’s no secret that as a long time Farscape fan I’ve been mostly disappointed with this series; however this and the previous two issues were quite enjoyable and I’m glad to say that they’ve once again made me a fan. Paired with the always-excellent Scorpius series, no Farscape fan will lack a way to feed their addiction as long as the book keeps up its current level of quality.