Space: 1999 – Aftershock and Awe
Written by Andrew E.C. Gaska
Art by Gray Morrow, Miki, & David Hueso
Cover by Gray Morrow
Release Date: December 17, 2012
Cover Price: $24.95
If you’re looking to take a leisurely breeze through Space: 1999 – Shock and Awe, you’d better think again. Clocking in at 168 pages, this is one of the most involved comics that I’ve ever read. And by involved I mean by both creators AND readers.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen quite as much love poured into a project as I have this one. It’s clear that Archaia and especially author Andrew E.C. Gaska wanted this graphic novel to be something beyond fantastic and their work clearly shows and that’s what they deliver. In spades. I honestly can’t believe what went into this book – and I’m only speculating.
The first part is a fantastic adaptation of the first episode of the series by Gaska taken from old Charlton Comics! From there, it just gets better. Gaska delves into the back story of the series and even shows us what happens to Earth after the nuclear disaster of September 13, 1999.
I’ve read a lot of “in between the scenes” comic adaptations of television series and movies, and to be honest, some of them stray pretty far from the original source material. Here, Gaska only ADDS to the original television series and what must’ve happened. His take is fresh, original, his own, and, what is most satisfying, is consistent with the series. That doesn’t happen too often at all.
Art wise, you’ve got Gray Morrow, Miki & David Hueso. Honestly, do you need anything else? You go from Gray Morrow’s art, which is a product of its time and classic, into that of Miki’s gorgeous art into David Hueso’s art, which is also fantastic. It’s a trifecta! Seriously, this book is magnificent to look at and one of the few times that I’ve seen yesterday’s classics blend so nicely with today’s stars. Truly, outrageous.
Archaia could easily charge TWICE the cover price and get away with it. This is not the kind of graphic novel that some other publishers spit out that you’re done reading in an hour or so. No, this is a book that you’ll spend at LEAST a day with, then you’ll want to go back and spend another day with it after that. This is a fantastic book, and I can’t recommend it enough. Whether you’re a fan of the show or not, this is GREAT sci-fi storytelling.