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REVIEW: Farscape: Scorpius #1

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FARSCAPE: SCORPIUS #1“Grim Intimations”Story: Rockne S. O’BannonScript: David Alan MackArtist: Mike RuizColorist: Nolan WoodwardLetterer: Ed DukeshireDespite beginning on a block of ice, this limited series is getting hot! If you aren’t familiar with Scorpius, here’s a bit of background. Scorpius was the primary antagonist from the first two seasons of the original Farscape television series. A well-placed and powerful member of the Sebacean Peacekeepers, he endlessly pursued the crew of the Moya for the secrets to wormhole technology he thought John Crichton possessed.Last issue, the prologue to the official start of the series, we joined Scorpius marooned on an ice world, battling (and seemingly enjoying every minute of) his madness and delusions. When his solitude is interrupted by the arrival of a large group of unknown aliens possessing a bizarre mix of bleeding edge and severely outdated technology, Scorpius finally has a diversion to focus his attention on.In this start of the series, Scorpius plays out the first stages of whatever master plan he has formulated by first showing his new “friends” how dangerous he is and then, surprisingly, offering them his services. Despite initial reservations, the leader of the Grennij (now named after their appearance in the Farscape on-going series) agrees to take Scorpius into his service. Captain Grrior of the Grennij, believing himself clever, tests Scorpius’s knowledge and ostensibly his loyalty with a series of questions he already knows the answers to. Almost immediately after satisfying himself of Scorpius’s loyalty, he leaves the former Peacekeeper to his own devices. Expectedly, this is his last mistake. I won’t spoil the details, as we’re being set up for something big coming down the line, but I will say I am excited for the next issue.As last time, I can’t praise David Alan Mack’s treatment of this character enough. His scripting over Rockne S. O’Bannon’s (the franchise’s creator) plot is excellent; the placing is perfect and the dialogue flows naturally and believably. At times, it almost seemed as if I was watching an episode of Farscape in its heyday, rather than reading a comic.Mike Ruiz’s pencil and ink art matched with Nolan Woodward’s colors are perfect for this book. The book’s dark, ominous tone is exactly what the story and script calls for. I didn’t care much for the “A” cover, but Chad Hardin’s “B” cover is incredible. Scorpius seems to be glaring gleefully out at the viewer, and the madness in his eyes is palpable.Now stop reading this and go track down this comic if you haven’t already. Do not miss this book! Do not miss subsequent issues! I know I won’t.

 
 

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