Monday, July 13, 2009

Comic Review: Farscape: D'Argo's Lament #4 Review by Lisa L.

Comics have a lot of bonuses. One of the bonuses I've come to discover is they create endless story possibilities. Especially in the case of stories that seem to have ended. I've already mentioned my love of the t.v. series Farscape, and my sadness at its end. Boom! Studio's new series carries on with the stories of Moya and her crew.

Farscape: D'Argo's Lament, written by Keith R.A. Decandido and illustrated by Neil Edwards, is a 4-part series before the Peacekeeper Wars. When a deal made by Rygel to obtain orujna (a vital oil needed to keep Moya's collar-damaged skin from flaking away) dissolves, D'Argo and Jool must travel to Egrof to find it right at the source. Once there, they are caught in the middle of two warring crime lords under the impression that D'Argo is the Luxan general hired as a mercenary to shift the balance of power. When the mercenary in question turns out to be a face from D'Argo's past his mission and Moya are in jeopardy.

Issue #4 picks up with the carnage released by a mercenary Luxan and D'Argo's former superior, General Fin Sterikk. Kitrap's distillery is in flames, a move made by Sterikk to swing the balance of power in rival crime lord Esseret's favour. And now Sterikk stands between D'Argo and the orujna he needs to help Moya. Kitrap tries to convince D'Argo the answer is to strike back at Esseret, but D'Argo knows the answer is to face the General in combat.

The really great thing about this series is it focuses solely on D'Argo and Jool and opens up a little background on D'Argo in a way that couldn't really be explored in the t.v. series. The soul of the characters is there and the series is really well drawn. It's a great companion to the other comics in the Boom! Farscape series.

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