GRAPHIC NOVELS

Space Bandits

Image. Feb. 2020. 152p. ISBN 9781534315013. pap. $16.99. Rated: Teen+. SF
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Cody Blue is a criminal mastermind whose latest scheme—hiring all of the most effective members of the most successful criminal gangs across the galaxy to assist her in a series of heists—seems foolproof, until they betray her and leave her for dead. Thena Khole is a vicious hand-to-hand fighter smitten with a con man named Viggo Lust, with whom she pulls a series of schemes until she’s abandoned and arrested. When both women are sentenced to serve in a penal colony inside a 100-mile-long crustacean drifting through space, they become fast friends, quickly escape, and set out for vengeance. Millar (Sharkey the Bounty Hunter) has built his career on making simple, tried-and-true-premises seem fresh and fun, and illustrator Scalera (Black Science. Vol. 9: No Authority but Yours) proves an excellent collaborator, as the two set a classic crime plot in an intergalactic society heavily influenced by the fashion and culture of Earth in the 1980s.
VERDICT Watching Cody and Thena wreak havoc is a total blast in this fast-paced, Day-Glo romp.

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