ADVANCE REVIEW: Farscape #23

FARSCAPE #23 (Cover Date: September 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: Joe Corroney
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Cover Price: $3.99
Book Summery: Crichton’s plan to stop the Kkore onslaught starts here. It’s a major risk, involving knowledge discovered through the secret history of the Delvians. Nothing like this has even been attempted, but taking this risk might be the only hope for the crew of Moya. The penultimate chapter of The War for the Uncharted Territories! From FARSCAPE creator Rockne S. O’Bannon and fan-favorite novelist Keith R.A. DeCandido!

“The War For The Uncharted Territories Part 11: The Peace To End All Wars”

This almost year long odyssey that will culminate next issue with the last in the series is about to ramp up the action ten fold. Following on from the last couple of issues where the a plan was being drawn up it was about time that a bit of payoff took place for the reader because as good as the last two issues were, another talking issue would have ran even the most ardent fan’s patience close. Happily, the wait was worth it as the final battle of the series began in earnest.
The opening scenes of the issue made me take a step back and realise how much religion plays a large part in the life of the many species of this franchise’s worlds. As the many different species attempt to summon the Dej-Wah, an almost round table description of each species deities is listed in the narrative and how said species gain strength from them. I was in two minds as to what to think about this, and the same is said for species in Star Trek too when I think about it. On one hand promoting peace through religion is okay in my book but does religion have a place in a far reaching future where technology trumps everything else? I suppose that is a discussion for another day.
The advancing Kkore armada can see the glare of the Dej-Wah on their screens and are unable to decipher the cause of the glow and soon after the battle starts and without spoiling anything about the last scenes in the book, the final issue got set up to tell some excellent consequence stories and how this title is wrapped up will be an interesting read next month.
I would imagine that no one more than Will Sliney was as delighted to actually get to the battle as there were some bombastic images in this issue and you see him letting loose with some cool wide shots. Between several two page splashes and very cinematic style action sequences on top of some sweet colouring once more by Zac Atkinson this issue was very good looking.
This book wraps up its lengthy run next month and is going to read well in trade when it gets released. Until then though this landmark book for BOOM! will retain a place in many sci-fi fans hearts for a long time after this run finishes. There are five collected volumes of this series already out so if you want to start from the beginning, you should be able to order from many book sellers. Until next month then…the end is nigh.