I love a good sci-fi adventure! Give me good guys and bad guys, pilots and aliens, fast ships and blasters, I love it all! Spectrum is a solid sci-fi adventure story, a planet in peril, aliens attacking, a veteran commander who’s needed to save us all and a mysterious character with amazing power.
But it has more layers than that, Spectrum is the brainchild of writers Tudyk and PJ Haarsma (Con Man, Rings of Orbis), veteran editor Shannon Eric Denton, and artist Sarah Stone (Transformers: Windblade) and it’s been developed as a another layer of the hit web series Con Man, starring Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion, in which we relive the fun in a semi-fictionalized story about actors from Spectrum, a cult-favorite show that was gone too soon. Which is a fun and obvious call back to their earlier work on Firefly. Whew that was a lot of layers.
The bigger question than where Spectrum came from is one of quality. Is Spectrum any good?
If you’ve read my reviews in the past you know I’m not a fan of recapping the book in the review, not changing that this time. Here’s all you’ll get from me, Earth is under attack by aliens, a retired hero must come back into the fold to save us, he encounters something of great power that may alter everything.
This is well plotted and well paced, PJ Haarsma and Alan Tudyk give us a really fun story with a ton of potential. Sarah Stones art is evocative, strong lines softened by dark color of an almost chalk-like quality. I enjoyed this book, and I can’t wait to pick it up on FCBD (Free Comic Book Day.) But don’t worry if you can’t find a copy that day issue #1 is hot on the heels of this #0 premiere and I have a funny feeling it’s going to be pretty popular.
Let’s take a look at a preview.
by PJ Haarsma & Alan Tudyk, illo. by Sarah Stone
Publisher: Automatic Publishing
Distributor: Diamond Comic Distributors
Pub Date: May 7, 2016
Item Code: JAN160018