Zechs takes a look at Farscape: Scorpius #1 by Boom! Studios.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Story: Rockne O'Bannon
Script: David Alan Mack
Art: Mike Ruiz
Colors: Nolan Woodward
Letterist: Ed Dukeshire
Editor: Ian Brill
SC, 24 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Cover A Artist: Joe Benitez and Blond
Cover B Artist: Chad Hardin
With the zero issue being a nice starting point to any new reader or fan of Farscape, this issue goes into the meat of the actual story that will befall the character and that is the alien invasion in the Uncharted Territory (aka the place where the Scarrans and Peacekeepers hang around). As for the who and what they are supplying the Grennji (the race Scorpius ran into in #0 and is dealing with presently in this issue), I won't spoil that fact.
The Grennji themselves are a very intriguing alien species. They remind me of the opposite coin from the Luxans (a grand warrior race) in this series. The Grennji's nature is to very cutthroat (with the great example they show in this issue between the superior officer and his subordinate) and they will kill you the moment you become the least bit not trustworthy or worth much of anything. However, against a brilliant mind like Scorpius, of course they're just food for whatever game he's playing at here.
Which is the real intriguing thing I loved about this issue. We just don't know what Scorpius's objectives are at the moment. Of course we know it'll be something against the Scarrans, just what his actions during this issue make's you wonder if he'll use this invasion to strengthen the Peacekeepers or just do what Scorpius does best and that's just continue up the food-chain, until he's given command enough to achieve his heart's desire.
It's this utter unpredictability that leaves me hungering for the next issue. That we're in Scorpy's head and yet we still don't have a full fix on him. Regardless, his ruthless cunning is on full display here as O'Bannon and Mack weave a delicate tale with Scorpius using his brain to become a “asset” to the Grennji, and also learning everything he can about them.
Again kudos to O'Bannon and Mack. Once more I can hear Wayne Prygram's voice in all this perfectly. About the only negatives again are the art. Ruiz does a better job than last time on the book but still I have issues with the way he portrays Scorpy's face. It's never constituent and fluctuates between good to bad. Even more the art at the end feels somewhat rushed with the way Scorpius and the Grennji commanding officer are drawn.
Two issues in and I have to say when a comic has me fully glued into the plot and character then it's doing the job it has set out for. Farscape: Scorpius is hardly boring and is a great look at the series greatest villain. All it needs is a more clear cut art style throughout and if it does just that this book might truly be the best bad guy book out there in replacing the void now with Dark Avengers ending.
4 out of 5