Old school. Well, old school for some. Older school for others. For still others, it might be “Hey, cool sci-fi genre comix, man!”
Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane, shall we? It’s, like, 1984 or maybe 1985 and my grade five school buddy hands me an issue of Jim Starlin’s Dreadstar, published by Epic Comics. I can’t make heads or tails of the story. It’s issue number “mid-teen” and there are crazy space-faring characters with names like “Vanth” wielding blasters and powerful swords, mixing it up with sorcerers names Syzygy, all under the oppression of a galactic religion called The Church of the Instrumentality.
It was absolute insanity – and it was captivating. I didn’t know it then, but here was an early instance of long-form graphic novel storytelling that would set the stage for the future of the comic book art form.
That merging of genres: science fiction and fantasy, religion and politics, is back today. Old school wonder is new school excitement with the release of Black Science #1.
I’ve been waiting on this particular Wednesday for nearly a year. Apparently, so have a lot – and I mean a lot – of other people.
Originally announced at the San Diego Comic Con last summer, Brian K. Vaughan, he of the highly rated comic book series’ Y The Last Man, Ex Machina and writer/producer credits on everyone’s favourite castaway television drama, Lost, the new monthly series Saga takes comics back…to the future.
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