REVIEW: Farscape: Strange Detractors, Part 3: Together Again for the First Time
Release Date: 3 June 2009
Story: Rockne S. O’Bannon
Script: Keith R.A. Decandido
Artist: Will Sliney
Covers: Joe Corroney, Dennis Calero
Colours: Zac Atkinson
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
John is on the run from his baby mama, Aeryn, since she tried to kill him and their son Deke. Now, in a desperate scramble for the Diagnosans’ Enclave, John’s hoping that he can find the answer to why he wants to kill Aeryn (not to mention why everyone is trying to kill, you know, everyone). Will he be able to find the answer before it’s too late?
Again, this issue picks up where #2 left us. If it weren’t for the “My name is John Crichton …” intro, it would almost feel like there wasn’t a month wait between issues; they all flow together nicely, like a stretched out episode of the actual show. While each episode did in fact start with a similar voiceover from John, here it feels unnecessary to me (like an intro after every commercial). It’s a nice way to sum up the last two issues for someone who hasn’t read them, but it could have been put on the page with all the writer/publisher/etc info.
A few more old characters show up (I always liked the Doc), and we find out what’s got everyone going all Rage Virus on each other.
Turns out, it was the Doc’s fault. Aw, Science! Your good intentions always turn around and bite you in the rear!
Being that this is only a 4-parter, things get revealed very fast in this issue. Again, this is a typical pace for Farscape, but you never feel like this is going to end badly for Moya and the crew. Things almost never end badly, John always finds a way to save the day, and soon they’re all onto the next OMGWTFSTFU moment in the Uncharted Territories. I would wager that someone who doesn’t know the television show should be on the edge of their seat by the end of this floppy, especially when John finds out that if the virus doesn’t make you kill each other it’ll make you … yeah, you’ll have to read it to find out.
Oh, and it was nice that at least one character finally understood all the references John spouts. It always mind-bottled me on how he could have conversations with anyone out there when every other phrase he let loose was some Earthcentric cultural reference.
Even though I’m pretty sure I know how this is going to end, I’m still excited to see it. Nothing is ever easy when it comes to Farscape.