Review: Space: 1999 – Aftershock and Awe

Space: 1999 - Aftershock and Awe
Space: 1999 – Aftershock and Awe by Andrew E.C. Gaska
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book/limited series is far superior to the intellectual and artistic raping that Gaska gave the Charlton Comics’ Space 1999 series in the deplorable “To Everything That Was.”

While it has it’s faults, such as the needless retcon of John Kennedy never being assassinated, the “Aftershock” part of the series is actually quite good. This shows the beginning of Moonbase Alpha’s adventures from the Earth’s point of view, with the many natural disasters and socio-political changes that would occur if our moon suddenly disappeared from the sky. I thought it was handled quite well, since few of the subplots and the characters were mentioned in the backstories of the Moonbase Alpha crew.

The “Awe” part is not nearly so good, as Gaska revisits the pilot episode “Breakaway” (making for the third comic book adaptation of that one) and rapes a few more pages of Gray Morrow’s wonderful artwork so he can get the late comic legend’s name on the book. This would’ve easily been a 4-star book had the creative team not descended to that level again.

Once again, let me reiterate to the “author”: We don’t need your pointless retcons on stories we’ve already read! Give us the original Charlton Comics tales in a high-quality format and we’ll buy them. We don’t want to hear what you have to say unless you write something new that adds to the Space 1999 mythos. “Aftershock” did that. “Awe” didn’t. It’s as simple as that.

Oh, and get a real letterer. Somehow, a human being wouldn’t keep inking in “STRENGHT” four times in a row.

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