Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Comics Review: BARBARELLA Volume 2 #9


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 with Ivan Nunes, Carla Cohen; Celina Kirchner; Mike Krome with Elmer Santos; Madibek Musabekov; Rachel Hollon and Myke Shooter (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (April 2022)

Rated Teen+

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

“Double Trouble”

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, Taln (the blind “angel” and A.I. friend.), and George the Glofen (an alien dinosaur) travel through space in service of the Brotherhood.  They combat tyranny, especially “The Lady,”who wants to be Barbarella and rule the galaxy.

Barbarella Volume 2 #9 (“Double Trouble”) opens aboard the space craft, the “Tortuga L'oiseau.”  Inside, Barbarella leads a contingent of soldiers.  They are headed for the Qryux home world so that Barbarella can confront her nemesis.  That would be “The Lady of Qruyx” a.k.a. “The Lady” and the ruler of the tyrannical Qruyx Benevolence.

Yes, Barbarella is taking the fight right to The Lady's doorstep, and she and her compatriots have finally tracked down The Lady's hidden home world.  But The Lady is waiting...

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 #9, which is the eighth issue of the title that I have read.

Practically all of Sarah Hoyt's scripts for Barbarella Volume 2 are on point.  This is an extremely well written and quite imaginative science fiction comic book, which some people may ignore because they are not really familiar with or interested in Barbarella.  That is a shame, as this is a comic book that gives a big bang for its buck.

Madibek Musabekov's art is really beautiful, and most importantly it results in some riveting science fiction comics.  His illustrations are a collection of inventive characters and settings that move the plot along from one fantastic chapter to another.

This ninth issue is apparently the penultimate issue of the current series.  Don't let that stop you, dear readers, from enjoy it.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Barbarella will want to try Barbarella Volume 2.

[This comic book includes “Dynamite Dispatch,” which features an interview with writer Tom Sniegoski.]


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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