Thursday, June 23, 2022

Comics Review: BARBARELLA Volume 2 #10 Closes Out the Series


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, Celina Kirchner; Mike Krome with Elmer Santos; John Royle and Jagdish Kumar with Candice Han; Madibek Musabekov; Butch Guice; Carla Cohen; Rachel Hollon and Myke Shooter (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (June 2022)

Rated Teen+

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

“The Gang is All Here”

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 #10 (“The Gang is All Here”) opens with Barbarella in the clutches of “The Lady of Qruyx” a.k.a. “The Lady,” the ruler of the tyrannical Qruyx Benevolence.  The Lady looks like Barbarella, and she wants our heroine out of her way.  Luckily, Barbarella will learn the origin of The Lady, and why she looks like her.

Of course, such similarities are the foundations of traps, and Barbarella's Brotherhood colleagues, Alexis and Victoire, are pawns in The Lady's games.  Even if Barbarella and the Brotherhood can stop the Lady, will that end the galaxy's troubles?

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 #10, which is the ninth issue of the title that I have read.

Cheers to the creative team of writer Sarah Hoyt, artist Madibek Musabekov, colorist Ivan Nunes; and letterer Carlos M. Mangual.  They have once again delivered an exciting chapter full of twists and tragedies, all presented in beautiful and colorful art and graphics.  However, I do have quibbles about certain events that took place here, but I won't go into details because I don't want to spoil things.  This series will make for a damn fine trade paperback collection.

Of course, this is the final issue of this iteration of the Barbarella comic book series.  Apparently, a new series will arrive in October.  That gives you plenty of time to catch up on this series, dear readers.

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

[This comic book includes “Dynamite Dispatch” June 2022, which features an interview with writer Christopher Priest.]


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

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