Humanoids, the Los Angeles-based publisher of some of the world’s most iconic and groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy graphic novels, is launching a kickass, intergalactic story like none other: SPACE BASTARDS. The Boys artist Darick Roberston and writers Eric Peterson and Joe Aubrey team up to unleash the galaxy’s most vicious and depraved…postal couriers?
I gotta admit, I never really though that the key to real freedom was the postal service, but that is what this first issue of Space Bastards is trying to sell you. And it sells it hard. With copious amounts of bloodshed. I may never see the words, “parcel transferred” the same way again. This is the first issue of seven and it does a solid job of setting up a world where power is everything, and freedom is hard fought. There are the staples of dystopian future stories; new planets!, corrupt governments!, aliens!, dinosaurs! and blatant sexuality!. That hologram naked lady newscaster was interesting.
I’m not real sure if this is an anthology type series or if the whole thing will follow David; misunderstood office worker who’s life implodes in a day. He ends up getting a job as a Interstellar Postal Carrier, which is a really funny way to say murdering mercenary, but eh. It takes a day for his life as he knows it to implode, but then it only takes one parcel to turn him from an office drone to a fully fledged badass, so it all evens out.
This first issue is chock full of the best kind of insanity. I am dancing in my seat waiting to see what comes next. This has totally hooked me, and if you need a laugh, it’ll hook you too!
As a bonus for this release, Humanoids also announced that the first issue will boast a one-in-ten collectible, black light variant cover by acclaimed artist Dan Panosian and a 50/50 virgin variant cover by Darick Roberston.