GalaxyQuest #1-2 (IDW Publishing)

gq-header.jpgThe late-90s sci-fi send-up (starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Alan Rickman) returns in comic form.

 

 

32 pages ea., FC; $3.99 ea.

(W: Scott Lobdell; A: Ilias Kyriazis)

 

GalaxyQuest, the comic book, manages to rise above low expectations for sequels (movie-to-comic sequels, no less) and entertain.

IDW, which has an impressive deals with Paramount, Hasbro, Fox, etc. (comic-book tales from the Transformers, Star Trek, Terminator, GI Joe, and Angel universes, etc.), borrowed the rights to the 1999 big-budget sci-fi comedy and now, a decade later, we have the continuing adventures of the GalaxyQuest crew.

Click for a larger image.So there’s sexual tension between Commander Peter Taggart (played by Tim Allen in the film) and cleavage-revealing Tawny Madison (played by Sigourney Weaver in the film). There’s comic relief from misanthropic, deadpan Dr. Lazarus (played by Alan Rickman in the film), who can’t wait to start a real acting job. And there are a bunch of supporting characters with their own minor dramas.

The comic has the same conceit that made the film work – a group of actors portraying sci-fi heroes on TV, who suddenly find themselves pressed into actual service to, well, save the universe. Absurd, right? The GalaxyQuest gang is mankind’s only hope for survival yet again? But who cares? Like Star Trek itself, it’s fun and it’s character-driven (and a lot funnier).

Veteran X-Men writer Scott Lobdell goes a good job connecting the end of the GalaxyQuest movie with the beginning of the comic. His narrative is clear and spiced with witty scenes, as in one angry moment, when one actor calls another an idiot. The insulted one responds by calling his detractor a "method idiot."

Art by Ilias Kyriazis is workmanlike. Like a solid film score, it works because you don’t really notice it – it’s nothing flashy.

I would read more issues of GalaxyQuest, but for $3.99 a pop, I might wait for the trade paperback. I only hope they make hay with the Alan Rickman character, Dr. Lazarus – his grim sense of humor is what’s holding this ship together. | Byron Kerman

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