Comic Review: Wasted Space #11

Wasted Space #11

Vault Comics

Writer: Michael Moreci

Artist: Hayden Sherman

Finally, it is good to be back in one of my favorite comics. Wasted Space returns with a brand new arc, a new direction, and some fresh ideas that make this new installment a joy to read. It even offers some awesome, mind-bending paneling that really takes advantage of the comic medium.

We last left Billy Bane and his crew as they set off to destroy “The Creator.” Another way to put this is God. They’re looking to kill God. I do apologize if that offends anyone; it’s just what the story is about. Now, the plot jumps around a little bit in this issue, skipping here and there and months at a time, but much of it is character-driven.  We get to see the social consequences of the actions taken in #10. The result is a different kind of reading experience than any of the previous issues. This is all going on while Billy and his crew try to fly through “The Slip.” It’s all mysterious but makes for good reading and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Read my full review at Sequentialplanet.com

Comic Review: Wasted Space, Issue 3

(WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS AND ADULT CONTENT AHEAD)

The cover here, of issue 3, might give a little bit away. If we recall the world we’re living in with this comic, it’s one of device profits (albeit disillusioned divine profits), monsters from a different plane of existence, and total pessimism. Let’s deal with the last issue first:

Philosophy: It’s clear to me that Mike Moreci, the author of this piece, has dabbled in the philosophical wasteland of pessimism in the past–or at the very least, has done some study on the subject.

After the death of his one-true-love, Billy Bane falls into a pessimistic existence in which he neither believes in fate nor sees how humanity is any better off without it. As his friend Dust asks,

But what about a random, chaotic universe that can be exploited at any time by, say, someone like me, or you, or the creator? Is that less evil?

Billy’s only response is that even though fate is bad, complete random chaos, which he believes the universe to be, is just as bad, so, “We’re screwed either way.”

Explanations: The premise of this piece is pretty simple. Billy Bane is a profit and Molly Sue is his disciple. But what this was leading to wasn’t clear up until this third issue. This gets into aforementioned monsters from another plane of existence. The monster calls itself Legion. Whatever Legion is, it is big and strong and doesn’t mind killing people (aliens or humans), because it does a lot of that. It also gives some explanation to the point of its existence, which flies in the face of everything Billy believes. Now that I just wrote that sentence I understand this piece better, and I like it a lot more, suddenly. I won’t ruin it for you though. (As I said above: minor spoilers, not major).

Art: I wasn’t going to include this, but there are some really clever, humorous artistic decisions in this issue. The major one it the fact that Dust, a FUQ Bot (yes you read that correct) has a new appearance in which his dick is described as a banana that’s been lifting weights. Every shot of Dust in which his penis could be seen, a yellow happy face covers the whole area. It’s made even more humorous due to the fact that nothing in this comic is very defined art wise. Everything is drawn with thick dark lines. Dust’s penis, if the illustrator had decided to include it in the piece, would have looked like nothing more than a blue (Dust has blue skin) phallic line. Not the least bit offensive in my book. I still remember when the Simpson’s Movie came out and in the beginning, Bart’s penis is revealed. It’s not exactly explicit.

Conclusion: Like I mentioned in my last post concerning this comic, I’m not a huge fan of floppies. This is my last hard copy of this piece, and I think from now on, most of my comic reading will be digital. This doesn’t have anything to do with the quality of the comic, more just the medium and availability of the platform. I’ll likely grab #4 and #5 in the weeks to come, as I heard Wasted Space was picked up for a full 20 issue run, 4 volumes in total. Glad to see it stick around.

Comic Review: Wasted Space, Issue 2

See the source image(WARNING! MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD)

Wasted Space is one of my most anticipated comics. I heard about it through Twitter (when I still had Twitter), and had multiple conversations with the author, Mike Moreci, on that medium. However, after picking up the first issue from my local comic shop, I had a difficult time tracking down the subsequent issues as Vault Comics is very small, as was my local comic shop. But I finally got my hands on #2 and #3, and while I think more have come out since I picked these up, here’s a review of #2.

Hardcopy Floppies: So, I’ve had this issue for quite some time. I don’t know why it took me so long to get to, but I picked up quite a few comics at the same time as this one, and I’ve neglected reading them. After reading this issue, however, I think I know why. I don’t really like floppies. I don’t really like volumes either–though I will probably start a collection of volumes of my absolute favorite comics, if not complete series collections. For whatever reason, I much rather read comics on my tablet. The convenience and immersion of the guided view option in Comixology are really amazing and I find myself completely sucked into the world and story more so than when I have the hardcopy floppy. So, that’s why it’s taken me some time to get into this.

Premise Revealed: The first issue of this comic didn’t reveal a whole lot on the premise besides introducing the main characters. First up is Billy Bean, who used to be some kind of spiritual leader, until he backed the wrong politician and the whole galaxy or universe, or whatever, got super pissed at him. So pissed he had to disappear, drop off the map, change his appearance with technological augmentations. Thing is, he also keeps hearing the voice of The Creator. Now, though, he just ignores those voice and visions. Molly Sue, on the other hand, claims to be the visions. If Billy Bean is the voice, she has the eyes. She can read people’s futures. She finds Billy in order to save the republic or empire or whatever this galactic civilization is. But there’s a problem. Of course, there’s a problem.

Conflict: While much of this issue is character background–mainly Molly Sue’s, we also get a look at Molly Sue’s brother, the leader of an anarchist syndicate that wants to kill the ruler, Devolous Yam. Yeah, silly name. But apparently, he’s a really bad guy. So, how does Molly Sue’s brother want to deal with Devolous Yam? Well, he has a nuclear warhead he’s going to detonate in a city if nobody assassinates the ruled. At the same time, some weird alien creature from a different plane of existence has come through a portal and is killing anyone who gets in its way as it searches for Billy Bean. While nothing has come to a head quite yet, everything is ramping up quickly.

See the source imageCharacters: I like the pessimism in this piece. Billy Bean is over it. He convinced that he’s crazy, and maybe he is. The fact that he followed The Creators word in backing Yam which then gave way to intergalactic warfare is proof to him that he is insane. He’s got a lot of layers he isn’t revealing because of this–even if he does let on here and there, only to change his mind after the fact. Molly Sue is the complete opposite. Her gift from The Creator has made her certain she is sane and special. She has an overwhelming belief that she can, with Billy’s help, change the galaxy for the better.

Art: As I said in my review of issue 1, I think the artwork is apt and effective, but I also think it can be off-putting. The whole thing is drawn with extremely thick black lines, hard lines, that make things seem confusing and harsh at times. I think this is to the pieces benefit because that’s the world Billy lives in. Readers get a sense of how Billy experiences the world. It’s hard, it’s unforgiving. And it’s confusing.

Conclusion: I really like the premise and the world this story takes place in. While I have a floppy of issue 3, I’ll probably pick up any subsequent issues as digital, as I just enjoy reading them on my tablet more. Overall, a nice second issue that builds up the tension.