Thursday, November 10, 2011

GALAXY QUEST: GLOBAL WARNING! by Scott Lobdell and Ilias Kyriazis

Galaxy Quest: Global Warning! (2009) collects the 2008 five-issue miniseries of the same name, which was written by Scott Lobdell and illustrated by Ilias Kyriazis, and which features the characters from the excellent 1999 Galaxy Quest film.

Lobdell, best known for his work on Marvel’s X-Men titles, mishandles the Galaxy Quest characters and world from beginning to end. In sharp contrast to the film, this comic takes itself so seriously; compounding matters, the dialogue is cheesy, and it isn’t funny at all. The characters are, to varying degrees, moronic caricatures; it’s a good thing Lobdell copies and pastes so much dialogue from the movie, or you’d hardly know you were supposed to be familiar with these people. The story isn’t any better; it spends too much time unnecessarily filling in blanks that anyone who’s seen the movie and has a basic familiarity with science fiction can figure out, what little plot there is doesn’t get going until two-thirds of the way through, and the resolution is feeble and asinine.

Kyriazis’s artwork is also a problem. His most egregious offense is his faces: they’re generic and so inconsistent from page to page that the reader really has to work to tell who’s who. There’s little attention to detail, either: the colonel wears general’s stars, and the Army helicopter says “Navy” on the side. Kyriazis’s loose style only exacerbates these problems.

If you’re not a Galaxy Quest fan, there’s really no reason for you to read Galaxy Quest: Global Warning! (it certainly isn’t going to make you a fan); if you already are a fan, you’re going to be disappointed. Either way, don’t waste your time.