REVIEW: Farscape #24 – Series Finale

FARSCAPE #24 (Cover Date: October 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
Reviewed By: David O’ Leary
Book Summery: LAST ISSUE! The final chapter of The War for the Uncharted Territories concludes here! Sacrifices have been made and the crew of Moya will never look at their quest the same way again. For Crichton and Aeryn, this is the moment their entire lives have been leading up to! Don’t miss the last issue of one of the most beloved science fiction franchises of all time! From FARSCAPE creator Rockne S. O’Bannon and fan-favourite writer Keith R.A. DeCandido!

“The War For The Uncharted Territories Part 12: The Beginning of the End of the Beginning”

This year long saga comes to an end and with it the end of an era at BOOM! Studios. Farscape has long been a staple of the popular indie publisher and for the time being time has been called on the well-liked sci-fi franchise. But the question remains, was sticking with the book for this long meandering saga worth the wait?
This issue starts out two hundred cycles in the future and told from the perspective of Deke, Crichton and Aeryn Sun’s son with the issue bookended with Deke telling the story of what happened to several kids who a representative of some of the races that banded together to battle the Kkore. The fact that this  framing device was used indicated very early on in the issue that the battle didn’t swing in the favour of the Kkore. Not that I really expected it to but it would have been nice to find that out without finding out too early. The issue flew by and was filled with all out action and I was wondering if this was truly the end or would there be room left to possibly see more in the future and thankfully there seems to be an open ended ending that could possibly leave the door open for a return to the book in the future. The issue did throw up one surprise in the return of Scorpius and his forming an uneasy alliance with John which resulted in the elimination of the Empress of the Kkore leaving her troops leaderless and impotent. There was a great scene towards the end where we see a nice tribute to those who died in the battle that was nicely presented by artist Will Sliney. The issue finished off nicely with a light been turned off and it seemed fitting in saying goodbye for now.
Will Sliney seems his strongest when he is let loose on huge battle scenes and he was given loads of oppurtunity in the issue. But he gave a very beautiful muted page where we saw those who died paid tribute to and it gave the book a nice rounded feel to it that it wasn’t just an action issue from start to end. Should the franchise make a return to comics in the future it is my wish to see Sliney return also as he has become synonimous with Farscape in comic form.
I have greatly enjoyed this series over the last couple of years and I’m someone who never really delved too much into the show when it was on TV, I’m more of a Trekkie truth be told, but became a fan thorugh following the mini series and then the ongoing that BOOM! have produced these last few years. This was a fitting goodbye to the series, however permanent or temporary, and it has been a great ride.