BARBARELLA VOLUME 2 #3
STORY: Sarah Hoyt
ART: Madibek Musabekov
COLORS: Ivan Nunes
LETTERS: Carlos M. Mangual
EDITOR: Matt Idelson
COVER: Lucio Parrillo
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Derrick Chew; Carla Cohen; Celina; Mike Krome; Derrick Chew, Edu Menna; Madibek Musabekov; Rachel Hollon (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (September 2021)
Barbarella is based on the creator created by Jean-Claude Forest
“Agent of Chaos” Part Two: “Breathless”
Barbarella is a female, French, science fiction comic book hero. Created by the late French comic book writer-artist, Jean-Claude Forest (1930-98), Barbarella first appeared in a comics serial for the French publication, V Magazine, in the spring of 1962.
In 2017, Dynamite Entertainment began publishing original English language Barbarella comic books. The latest series is Barbarella Volume 2. It is written by Sarah Hoyt; drawn by Madibek Musabekov; colored by Ivan Nunes; and lettered by Carlos M. Mangual. In this new series, Barbarella travels to the planet Camelot to solve a mystery involving slavery on what is supposed to be a paradise.
Barbarella Volume 2 #3 (“Breathless”) opens on the “Freedom Fighter” base on Tortuga. There, Barbarella and Vix recover from the injuries they received on their misadventures on the water world of Encantado. They are also mourning the loss of Taln, the blind “angel” who was Barbarella's A.I. and friend, who sacrificed himself for them.
Now, Barbarella and Vix are ready to return to Encantado on a new ship and with a new A.I. partner, but disaster strikes. Trapped beneath the surface, Barbarella meets siblings, Zav and Lucira, and makes some interesting discoveries about the planet, its inhabitants, and the truth behind its commerce. Barbarella even meets “The Lady,” who looks like her, but will she survive the meeting?
THE LOWDOWN: Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department recently began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles. One of them is Barbarella Volume 2 #3, which is the second issue of the title that I have read. In fact, this is only the second Barbarella comic book that I have ever read.
Barbarella Volume 2 #2 was footloose and fancy free, which is to say that it was a fun read. Issue #3 is also fun to read, and Sarah Hoyt's script is a delightful mix of thrills and chills and humor and wit. Each page makes me want to race to the next, and Carlos M. Mangual's lettering paces out the story via his usually good fonts so that there isn't an awkward mix of light and dark.
Issue #2 introduced me to the beautiful art of Madibek Musabekov. This third issue proves to me that the second issue was not a fluke. Musabekov's art is fantastic and is some of the best science fiction comic book art that I have seen over the past several years. Actually, Musabekov draws the heck out this comic, and in this issue, Ivan Nunes' colors layers the graphical storytelling in a wonder world of beautiful blue. This is Musabekov-Nunes eye candy.
I can't get enough of Barbarella Volume 2, and issue #3 makes me recommend it to you, dear readers. It also makes me wonder about Barbarella Volume 1.
I READS YOU RECOMMENDS: Fans of Barbarella will want to try Barbarella Volume 2.
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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