Craziness and a Love for Everything 80’s in Space Bandits #1 (Review)
Space Bandits #1
Written by Mark Miller
Art by Matteo Scalera
Published by Image Comics
From award winning creator Mark Miller and visionary artist Matteo Scalera comes a comic unlike anything you’ve seen since the fall of Comico. Action, adventure and revenge await you when you ride with the Space Bandits.
That could be the tagline for the first issue of Space Bandits. The issue opens with “The Eighties didn’t reach the Midwest until the Nineties. Think how long they took to get into space:” with that and a giant spaceship christened the Lionel Richie we’re off. This craziness and a love for everything 80’s makes the first issue of Space Bandits a pleasure to read.
Miller and team aren’t here pushing any agenda, nor are they trying to write the next great comic. Instead what they are trying to do is give you a good old fashioned action story. Mind you, they have updated a few elements but largely this is something that could have been published 30 years ago.
In place of the musclebound action hero of days gone Space Bandits tells the story of Cody Blue and Thena Khole. A couple of badass women who are also some of the most wanted felons in the Universe. Cody and her team of hardened bandits, raiding intergalactic cruise ships as a way of life. This allows them to fleece unexpected relievers on their way to amassing a fortune.
Thena and her lover, meanwhile, run a bounty scam with ever increasing stakes. It seems as if both women would continue on their way, never knowing of the other until their respective partners in crime turn on them. This chance occurrence throws them together as they set off looking for revenge.
Miller has long been one of the best writers in comics. His plots are often ambitious and his characters easily recognizable. This has allowed him to turn classic characters such as Superman and Captain America on their heads enabling us to see them again in an albeit different light. While his creator owned work often takes a simple idea be it from comics or pulps and updates it for a modern audience. What’s amazing is that his creator owned work often feels as developed as established properties. The characters and even the world are often created out of whole cloth seamlessly fitting together.
While Miller’s partner in crime Matteo Scalera proves once again that he is ready to take on anything. Scalera’s continues to only get better since I last saw his work on his creator owned series Black Science. While Space Bandits and Black Science share some of the same elements Scalera’s art here seems more grounded. A few of the more exaggerated features of Black Science’s characters aren’t seen here. This gives the characters of Space Bandits a more naturalist and less Anime feel to them which further serves the story.
Filled with Miller’s trademark action and Scalera’s deft hand Space Bandits should prove to be a runaway success for Image. If you haven’t checked out the first issue of Space Bandits yet, do it. These badass women may just steal your heart.