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Joyride #2: Let's Go To The (Space) Mall

Written by Tyler Kes on Wednesday, June 01 2016 and posted in Reviews

Joyride #2: Let's Go To The (Space) Mall

Our heroes stop off at the nearest Swag Station to spend some stolen slaver loot. Trouble ensues.


Source: Boom! Studios

Written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly
Drawn by Marcus To
Colors by Irma Kniivila
Letters by Jim Campbell

When we last left off, our intrepid heroes had just stolen a slaver's spaceship and set off to explore the cosmos. Naturally, in this issue, they go to a shopping center and get into all sorts of hijinks. Additionally,  we get what looks like will be the main antagonist, a person who has personal ties to one of our heroes, and a new addition to our group.

Identity plays a big role in this issue, as two of our main trio try to come to grips with who they are versus who they want to be. It's typical teen stuff and it's a little on the nose sometimes, with dialogue like "You poor thing. Let me make your mask your skin." So while Catrin and Dewydd (The Allied Youth and the guy) spend their time in this issue dealing with Serious Issue and spend some time shopping, the other main character, Uma, steals some more stuff. Two issues in and Uma remains the character with the least development. Which is not to say that any of the characters are particularly deep or complex, but the other two are showing they might be dealing with some things. Uma, on the other hand, just wants to steal stuff and explore. I'm not sure that we've gotten any reason for why she feels that way, or why she has so much energy.

Writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly do a nice job of maintaining the light, breezy tone from the first issue, which, along with Marcus To's art, was one of the strengths of the first issue. Even though they do tackle some traditional teenage angst topics, it never really gets bogged down in it. They do a nice job of switching between that stuff and more traditional sci-fi stuff, like the effect the egg of an eighth-dimensional egg has on "lesser" beings. The duo do seem to be dragging the main plot out a bit for a four issue miniseries. It will be interesting to see how they use the final two issues to wrap up what they have set up so far.

To gets an opportunity to stretch his artistic muscles a bit more in this issue, designing some new alien species. The design for new character Kolstak the Wanderer, in particular, is nice. It's pretty simple and nothing we haven't seen before, but there's just something sleazy about the way To draws him.

Overall I would say this issue wasn't very filling, but it sure is pretty to look at. I have such an affinity for both space and teen rebels that even if I weren't reviewing this series I would pick up the next issue just to see what happens. It doesn't take itself too seriously and if you are getting tired of super serious comics, then you might want to take a look at this.





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About the Author - Tyler Kes


Tyler Kes is from Minnesota, although he spent some time living in West Virginia, where he graduated from Marshall University in 2013. He spent some time honing his writing skills by working at a newspaper and then at a TV station, but now makes his living making tacos and writing about comics.
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