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Galaxion #3
posted December 29, 2005

Creators: Tara Jenkins
Publishing Information: Helikon Comics, $2.50
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Another well-meaning, reasonably well-crafted, very very modest genre title. The genre this time is science fiction, and Galaxion offer the "strange, familiar planet" variety. The majority of the book is made up of gentle exploration of the planet surface, on-ship personal manuevering, and testing out relationship dynamics in both places.

The story's okay, but as pedestrian as the above paragraph implies. Creator Jenkins has some problems with disseminating information -- a text-laden, expository set of word ballons on page #2 shot me right out of the story -- and often mistakes wry looks and silent panels for effective storytelling rather than the exaggeration of character realizations that they truly are. Other than that, and the fact that the heads often look like they don't really work with the bodies, Jenkins' art is serviceable.

One of the letters in this issue features the sentiment from a reader that he is using Galaxion to take up a place in their comics-buying schedule that used to be occupied by a similar comic, and would have been occupied by another sci-fi comic if Jenkins' hadn't come along. That, to me, pretty much sums it up. There's nothing special to this, but fans of this material often have to suffer through much, much worse.

This review was written in the late 1990s as part of a then-ongoing freelance gig; I apologize if it reads oddly or seems incomplete.