Ashley Neuhaus 19-SEP-2012 I’m sure by now you’ve heard of WOMANTHOLOGY: HEROIC, a comic anthology made completely by women creators. It was fully funded through Kickstarter. In less than 24 hours, the goal for this project was achieved. Since that project’s launch and production, IDW Publishing picked up Womanthology for a 5-issue series, SPACE, with each story being six pages long. The first issue of the series is to be released on September 19, 2012.

WAITING FOR MR. ROBOTO
Writer: Bonnie Burton
Artist: Jessica Hickman
Lettering: Rachel Deering

Though I may not be an alien, I can totally relate to Trixie in this story and I think just about every other girl can. At some point in a girl’s life, she wonders where her prince charming is to come and sweep her away. Burton just took that notion and threw it into space. With only six pages to work with, I think the conversations move along well without feeling rushed.

The Q-ship pilot’s head seems a bit too big for his body and that distracted me when he was in a panel.  All the other character designs are straightforward. Hickman’s art seems more simple and flatter than I’ve seen of hers in the past. I still enjoyed this story.

DEAD AGAIN
Writer: Sandy King Carpenter
Artist: Tanja Wooten
Lettering: Rachel Deering

A beautifully tragic story of an astronaut haunted on a mission to blow up a ship where an accident had already occurred. I’ll be honest, I had to read this one a couple of times before I could even grasp what happened. But once I got it, man, I got it. Sandy King Carpenter created a heart-wrenching story in just six pages. Tanja Wooten’s art is lovely as well. I really enjoyed her transition of Miranda between pages 11 and 12. This was my favorite of the stories in this issue.

SCALING HEAVEN
Story: Alison Ross and Stephanie Hans
Writer: Alison Ross
Artist: Stephanie Hans
Lettering: Rachel Deering

With Neil Armstrong passing away just a few weeks ago, this story is perfect for the first issue of SPACE. Set in 2040, The US finds themselves in another space race but this time with China.  Ross has written some great poetic lines in the story and I enjoyed that. The artwork for this story is my favorite in the issue. Hans renders space so beautifully it makes me want to get on a spaceship and head for the stars.

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCESS PLUTONIA
Writer/Artist: Ming Doyle
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Lettering: Rachel Deering

The basis of this story is great. Instead of a princess needing to be rescued, it’s the princess that sets off to rescue a man. I know the theme of this series is space but sometimes I really hate space because of all the different worlds and creatures. Within the first narration box, my head was already spinning with unfamiliar names but that’s to be expected. It didn’t stop me from enjoying this story. In one or two instances, Doyle’s language seemed dry and monotonous.

Bellaire’s art was quite a contrast from the previous stories in the issue. It had a real old school feel to it. I would describe it as akin to a particular artist but I’m really bad at that. Malikka’s character design made me laugh a bit. I don’t know how seriously I could take her as a villain for more than these six pages. That being said, Bellaire’s art for Doyle’s story is spot on.

SPACE GIRLS
Strips: Stacie Ponder

I love Stacie Ponder for this strip. Fantastic. I started laughing halfway through when the crew makes a discovery. I can’t post my first reaction to it because that would be very spoilerific of me. But when I review issue two and the next episode of SPACE GIRLS, I will start with my reaction. Ponders has created such an adorable strip and I seriously look forward to the next installment.