Spacepig Hamadeus is not your typical comic book series. It was inspired but the wonderfully cheesy (to us) sci-fi serials of the the past, like Flash Gordon, Space Patrol, and Tom Corbett: Space Cadet. As such, Spacepig Hamadeus isn’t numbered. Each of the four issues has its own title, and were both written and published out of sequence. I will be reviewing them in the recommended reading order, not publication order, and labeling them in that sequence.
Ambush at the Hourglass Sea was the first Spacepig Hamadeus story published, and drops you straight into the middle of the story. As Hamadeus prepares to land on the shores of the Hourglass Sea on Mars, he reviews the holomessage sent to him by Professor Hayden. Our view of the message is interrupted when the local Martians fire on our hero.
“To be continued in Spacepig Hamadeus and the Captive Planet”, and onto the bonus Character Encyclopedia.
While I realize that this was the first story that was published, it felt like an offering for Free Comicbook Day, to promote a series, or a backup story in another book. Even for those, it would be short. There is so much in these stories that I love and appreciate, so this was quite a let down. Captive Planet is a much longer product, and I have high hopes for it. Creator Donovan Yaciuk handled everything on this story, but it really didn’t have enough depth to shine like his other stories.
I very much appreciated the Character Encyclopedia, with art by Shane Nitzsche. It gave us a glimpse of some characters we have only had referenced by name, and a few we haven’t seen yet at all.
I really wish I could give this more than 2 out of 5 stars, but it was too short to justify more. I am really excited to read the next chapter in the series, though.
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