I didn’t know much about Space: 1999. I never watched the television series and only knew a little from some of the ancillary products that came out around it. I went in to Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe as a blank slate. The art looked cool and I know writer Drew Gaska can do an awesome sci-fi so I dove in.
September 13, 1999: An atomic accident causes the moon to be blown out of orbit and hurled into the unknown, the survivors of the lunar base stationed there launched toward their destiny across the stars. In the wake of this disaster, Earth itself is ravaged by the scientific, environmental, and social repercussions of a world robbed of its moon. Presenting remastered classic material from the ’70s with all-new material created to update the tale for a modern audience.
The graphic novel is really two parts. The first is the lead up and disaster that causes the moon the slingshot into space. If you think this comic is going to be the future as we’d imagine, get rid of that expectation. This is based on a series where 1999 was the future. The computers are huge, technology laughable, but Gaska continues with the original material and doesn’t seem the update the feel at all. There’s no updating the tech or look, this is the future imagined in the 70s. And that’s something I really enjoy about the series. It feels like something I would have found during that time. The writing, the look, it’s retro in a very cool way. My biggest issue was, I was wondering how the Earth was dealing with this catastrophe while reading the first part, which brings us to the second part.
The second part deals exactly with that plot issue, remove the moon from the Earth and all hell will break loose. We see how those connected with those on the Moon deal with the disaster on Earth. I have no idea how realistic that part is, but it has the feel of a disaster movie, beyond entertaining.
So, you have two stories in one here and it’s a lot of fun. The comic feels like something from the 70s, and that’s a good thing. There’s a solid story here, the mishandling of nuclear materials leads to a disaster of epic proportions, at the same time there’s a mysterious planet looking to be explored. Cool disaster story with lots of set up as to what’s to come.
If you’re a fan of the television series or enjoy a solid sci-fi story, do yourself a favor and grab a copy.
Story: Andrew E. C. Gaska Art: Gray Morrow, David Hueso, and Miki
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy
Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review