Sobriety Won’t Ruin Your Fun in the Trippy Void Trip 1
Enter two vagabonds on a mission to steal fuel from an apparent desert while high and you’ve got your opening scene in Void Trip 1.
Ana and Gabe are two crazy space hippies on their way to the promised land of Euphoria. Traveling the galaxy via the space equivalent to a VW, an accident detains them (definitely NOT because Ana is high). Cosmic hilarity ensues as they make a new friend and try to avoid being tracked by what appear to be galactic ruiners of fun.
The story is simple. While trying to reach the land of Euphoria, two vagabonds who like to be high road trip across the galaxy. Along the way, Ana and Gabe, the two previously mentioned vagabonds, encounter self-created chaos and a few road blocks. The story itself sends a strong message to enjoy the journey however the destination is also important. If you enjoy the journey too much, you may just not reach your destination. It’s a very balanced message for a psychedelic trip in all honesty.
Ana and Gabe also feel distinctly like the two major struggles of adult life. Ana seems to represent our inner child and the struggle to keep that alive. Gabe, on the other hand, is our responsible adult side reminding us to eat our peas and carrots. That is how the two vibe to me and it works well for the sake of the story. It creates a dialogue that ensures the reader can enjoy the scene even when there is action lacking.
Ryan has created a world very parallel to the existence of life as an adult but told as an allegory. Perhaps I’m reading too much into it however thematically it feels very much like this. It’s done in such a way where you can feel the themes at play but they are not shoved in your face. More along the lines of something you think about as you read as a consequence of what O’Sullivan is saying. This is a true credit to him as an author, especially for the first issue. I, of course, am enjoying the fun drug humor and look forward to the journey and the destination in this case.
Artistically, I sense a Maurice Sendak influence with decent color theory application and a couple of brilliantly created shots of scenery. Whether or not that influence is present or it’s my own love of Sendak’s work is still uncertain. Klaus clearly works well with O’Sullivan though as his work creates an environment very much in line with the story being told.
Overall I have to say I am most pleased with this as a first issue and look forward to seeing these two space hippies dally there way to Euphoria. That is, if all goes according to plan.
Watch for this to hit shelves November 22, 2017!