The amount of skin was unreal, and the fact that these inbred humans all still managed to be vivacious, curvaceous, beautiful, sexualized women or ripped men with only a slight problem in regards to their teeth and their intelligence, made me groan in annoyance. Our heroine's best friend, a male, is a sex fiend, whom every female character is throwing herself all over for sex. However, we can look past this because our heroine seems immune, but as we progress we see her whole person seems to be based around his approval and acknowledgment.
I became quite displeased with the continuous mention of female body parts, and the unrealistic proportions and facial expressions throughout. The colouring was exceptional, with both bright and dark at precisely the right moments, colours shifting depending on atmosphere, location, and mood. Purple and green for space; pink, red and orange for the planet, etc. However, the colouring could not make up for the rest. The story had potential, but seemed so rehashed from other comics, movies and books I have seen or read before. I mean, a cult of beautiful men and women, lead by a crazy Goddess, with thoughts of world, or in this case, galactic domination.
There are loopholes in the story too; for example, Astrid walking around freely as a slave, Astrid entering a sacred chamber with no one around or in it, breaking rules when her personality expressly rejects not following them. These inconsistencies and shifts in character personalities were drastic and unbelievable. Plus, for a stickler for rules, Astrid had no qualms about throwing her garbage out all around space. There was also a lot of obvious foreshadowing, where I would think, "well this was clearly put in just because something similar will be happening later on..." ugh!
My favourite character was her computer, or artificial intelligence, Itzak. It was much needed comic relief, in a graphic novel that was quickly degenerating to a bunch of pin-up images with an unformed story line within...was the story and dialogue an afterthought?
Not my kind of tale, to be honest. I prefer my scifi comics to contain heroines whose identity is not based around male characters and her body. Sure, Astrid can hold her own at times, but this felt more like one of those check out this big butt girl comics, focused on a female in desperate need of being accepted by an organization lead by a faulty patriarchy, to please her dead parents, and without thought to their ability to dismiss her so easily. No, thanks!
Book 44/50...6 to go!
Here are some of the panels I liked, based solely on the colouring and not the story. As well as, one of the panels with an emphasis on over-sexualized characterization.