Sunday, November 28, 2021

Comics Review: BARBARELLA Volume 2 #5


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 Kirchner; Mike Krome; Edu Menna; Lucio Parrillo; Ken Haeser; Rachel Hollon (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (November 2021)

Rated Teen+

Barbarella is based on the creator created by Jean-Claude Forest

“The Fun Never Stops”

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 and her pals, Vix, and Taln (the blind “angel” and A.I. friend.), travel through space in service of the Brotherhood, combating tyranny.

Barbarella Volume 2 #5 (“The Fun Never Stops”) opens as Barbarella, Vix, and the revived Taln arrive on Rio.  Barbarella seeks the source of a malevolent evil that enslaves, mutilates, and now commits mass kidnappings, “The Lady of Qruyx,”  Our hero has followed The Lady to three previous worlds, and the question of why.

Now, on the pleasure planet, Rio, Barbarella wants answers and meets Brindon Zaxary, who may be a new ally … and even a new lover.  Meanwhile, back on Tortuga the band of freedom fighters known as “The Brotherhood,” discover a traitor in its midst.  So how close is this traitor to Barbarella?

And Barbarella wonders about Taln.  Is he more than he seems?

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 #5, which is the fourth issue of the title that I have read.  In fact, this is only the fourth Barbarella comic book that I have ever read.

In Issue #5, Sarah Hoyt offers another delightful chapter of space opera science fiction.  Even as she stretches out Barbarella's pursuit of her enemy, Hoyt makes each issue a small box of surprises.  Madibek Musabekov art is as beautiful as its ever been in this series, made even prettier by Ivan Nunes' coloring.  And Barbarella Volume 2 #5 is an improvement on issue #4.

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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