ADVANCE REVIEW: Farscape #22

 FARSCAPE #22 (Cover Date: August 2011)
 Story by: Rockne S. O’Bannon & Keith R.A. De Candido
Art by: Will Sliney
Colours: Zak Atkinson
Letters by: Johnny Lowe
Cover by: Caleb Celveland
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Cover Price: $3.99
Reviewed By: David O’ Leary


“The War For The Uncharted Territories Part 10: Talkin’ Kkore Blues”

With the bittersweet news that the series will be ending on the 24th issue just makes you begin to miss the book a little bit already. This long running staple of BOOM! Studios since the company’s early days has been on a huge upswing with this long arc detailing a coming war with the Kkore race. It is touted in many arenas that if you have to go, then go out on top. And this series looks to be finishing on a high note.
The book opens with some excellent use of ancient scripture. While explaining the past of the race and their split with the Kkore, O’Bannon, De Candido and Sliney combine to present a beautiful use of the art to get the points across. With the crew seemingly running out of options Scorpious touts a plan that Crichton embraces and expands upon in an effort to make a stand against the Kkore. Consensus among the crew though is that of a last stand type of attitude and final roll of the dice. With the news that an armada of Kkore ships is descending upon the region the final issues are set up quite nicely indeed. It is cool to look at the interaction between the crew and their allegiance to Crichton as the gather round and listen intently as he lays out their plan of action after exhausting other options through debate. Their trust of him is earned and it will be very interesting to see if that can translate into a safe outcome of the coming events.
As I mentioned above the book opens with some superb images from Sliney. Something like this was needed to bring about some diversity to the images in the book as this issue is along the lines of the last issue in that the crew are continuing to hash out the plan to battle the Kkore so there is a fair amount of dialogue and only so much you can do art wise with that. So to see the book open like that was cool. Sprinkled throughout the issue are some cool images like that of the Delvian’s in a circle while practicing telepathy aided by some great colour work by Zak Atkinson.  And a poignant image of Scorpious’ ship leaving before the battle starts told more than just an image of a ship through a porthole.
With such little time left on this series I encourage you to sample the title before it is too late. It goes on sale next Wednesday the 10th at a comic shop near you.