Ashley Neuhaus 5-DEC-2012 November came and went without an issue of IDW’s WOMANTHOLOGY: SPACE but now it’s back.  Issue three marks the halfway point for the series. The regular cover for this issue is absolutely beautiful and was done by Mengtian Zhang. I just thought the cover was lovely but then saw how it tied in with one of the stories. Though better than issue two, this one still doesn’t match up to the first issue of the series.

CENTIPEDE
Writer: Robin Furth
Artist: Carli Ihde
Colors: Ronda Pattison
Letters: Robbi Robbins

When I first started reading this story, I automatically thought of Joss Whedon’s Firefly. It had the whole smugglers in protected airspace thing going on. Once I read past the first page, I realized it was a bit different. Major Steele is no Captain Mal, but then again…who is? This was still a familiar story: something being smuggled and is all locked up, threats against those who say they’ll crack the code, bad things happen, etc. I can’t really say that it offers anything new to that age old story but it was still well written.

While I wasn’t overly impressed with the art of the story, Kubert’s graduate Carli Ihde did a nice job bringing the story to life. I certainly got the creepy-crawly vibe of the story through her art at times. I don’t know who’s idea it was to put the insects on the pages behind panels but it was a bit distracting even if it did add to the creepy factor of the that Furth was trying to tell.

COUNTDOWN
Writer: Rachel Edidin
Artist: Sophia Foster-Dimino

This story is most certainly my favorite from this issue and very close to being my favorite of the series to this point. I assume that the regular cover by Zhang was inspired by Edidin’s story. There’s nothing overly flashy or extreme sci-fi space stuff happening in these six pages. It’s quite simply a beautiful story of two young girls who use their imagination to fly into space. They create a rocketship out of materials they find around them and blast off into the stars. It’s a story of friendship, imagination, and shows that space is not just for boys.

The art is perfect for the tone of story. It’s not extremely detailed nor does it need to be. COUNTDOWN is just perfect. I mean, these girls have a teddy bear in their emergency kit! I absolutely want to be friends with these girls.

THE VESTA
Writer: Jennifer DeGuzman
Artist: Leigh Dragoon
Letters: Robbie Robbins

We all wish for a life somewhere else at some point or another. Most of us look up at the stars and dream of what it would be like to be among them. For Dr. Singh, life aboard the Vesta has become monotonous and she grows tired. She feels stagnant as so many of us do in our daily lives. The only way to feel something, is to DO something and that’s precisely how Dr. Singh’s story plays out.

I feel like there should be more emotion in Singh’s face through these pages. Yes, she looks bored but there’s no real longing for a change in her expressions. I think that’s where Dragoon fell short with this story.

LILY RENEE: SHE FOUGHT NAZIS WITH PEN AND INK
Writer: Trina Robbins

I love that each issue is closed with something different. The first was a comic strip, the second a “how-to,” and with this one Trina Robbins gives the readers a nice little history lesson about Lily Renee. She was a comic artist from the World War II era and took the world by storm with her beautiful art. There are samples of her art given and they will take your breath away.