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.
Spacepig Hamadeus and the Geysers of Doom opens during the Roman-Parthian War in the year 62 A.D. General Licinius of the Roman Army lies wounded and near death on the battlefield. He is found by a mysterious figure that tells him that he will live, but in the service of Tremb’axx.
Returning to the “present day,” Spacepig Hamadeus’ ship XT-47 is making a rough landing on Saturn’s moon, Enceladus. (Think “any landing you can walk away from…” sort of rough landing.) With lines of computer code showing on the ship’s screen (in actual, legitimate, Basic, of course), XT-47 comes to a snowy stop, and our porcine hero is escorted to an audience with King Kaluka, Imperator of the Undersea Kingdom of Sarn.
The king tells Hamadeus that he received Professor Hayden’s holotext request to see the Celestial Crimson Ruby, when suddenly the castle comes under attack by the Micanauts, following the apparent directions of the Celestial Crimson Ruby while it floats away under it’s own power. A mysterious stranger enters the throne room, and says that the ruby is not sentient, just stolen, and it can be retrieved when she kills the thief.
That action continues at furious rate, the Celestial Crimson Ruby is recovered, peace is restored, numerous characters are introduced on both sides of the battle, and the story continues in Spacepig Hamadeus versus the Spectre General!
Did you get all that? Just like the serials that inspired it, this comic moves fast, is chock full of unnecessarily complex “scientific” terms, named characters that we don’t meet, unnamed characters that we do meet, and a whole lot of fun. Creator/writer Donovan Yaciuk does a great job encapsulating the classic sci-fi atmosphere, and Justin Shauf’s art is fun, although Spacepig himself seems a bit more angular than I’ve seen him in other pictures. Yaciuk also does the colors on this story, which evokes an early 90s anamorphic feel that very much reminds me of Bucky O’Hare.
I’m excited to read the remaining three stories, and happily give this one 4 out of 5 stars.
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