BARBARELLA VOLUME 2 #8
STORY: Sarah Hoyt
ART: Madibek Musabekov
COLORS: Ivan Nunes
LETTERS: Carlos M. Mangual
EDITOR: Matt Idelson
COVER: Carla Cohen
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Derrick Chew; Butch Guice, Carla Cohen; Celina Kirchner; Mike Krome; Derrick Chew, Jamie Biggs, Ken Haeser; Madibek Musabekov; Rachel Hollon (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (March 2022)
Barbarella is based on the creator created by Jean-Claude Forest
“The Truth Shall Set Them Free”
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 and Tommaso Bianchi; 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.
As Barbarella Volume 2 #8 (“The Truth Shall Set Them Free”) opens, Barbarella's trio is now a quartet, as George the Glofen, a dinosaur-like creature, joins the cause. Barbarella continues her quest to find “The Lady of Qruyx” a.k.a. “The Lady,” but the lady doesn't want Barbarella to escape from the planet, Blibaico, where the heroine is currently stranded.
Can anyone save Barbarella and company? And if she survives Blibaico, how will Barbarella end The Lady's galactic reign of terror?
THE LOWDOWN: In July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles. One of them is Barbarella Volume 2 #8, which is the seventh issue of the title that I have read.
Sarah Hoyt's scripts race across the galaxy and don't slow down even when the action moves onto a planet. Madibek Musabekov's art is beautiful, and his graphical storytelling is riveting. Ivan Nunez's shimmering, neon-like colors capture the eye, and Carlos M. Mangual's lettering pop off the page. What else can I say? This is an excellent creative team, and I feel like this series should be a runaway hit because it looks so good.
Barbarella Volume 2 #8 is a fun read, and it is one of the best space opera and sci-fi comic books out there for us. Come get you some of this.
I READS YOU RECOMMENDS: Fans of Barbarella will want to try Barbarella Volume 2.
[This comic book includes “Dynamite Dispatch,” which feature and Q&A with writer Ron Marz and Andy Lanning concerning “Project Superpowers.”]
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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