Womanthology: Space #3
Written by Robin Furth, Rachel Edidin, Jennifer DeGuzman, and Trina Robbins
Art by Carli Idhe, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Leigh Dragoon
Cover by Mengtian Zhang and Hanie Mohd
Release Date: December 5th, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99
This is the first issue of IDW’s Womanthology: Space series that I have read, which is a shame on my part. Womanthology was born out of a successful Kickstarter campaign, originating as a longer graphic novel, and now spinning off into the Space anthology series. The big deal of the series is that all of the stories in the series were created by, as you could guess from the title, women. This shouldn’t be a big deal, but given the how hard it is for women to get material published in the comics world, it is. The Space series takes the general entry point of “women in comics” and focuses on stories somehow dealing with space, or space travel, or some kind of outer-space stuff. What you end up with in this issue is a collection of three charming stories and an interesting look at one of the golden age of comics female pioneers.
The first story in this issue is titled “Centipede.” It’s basically a riff on Aliens, with a smuggler bringing a dangerous creature onto a normal space ship. It’s a little too short to build any real suspense, but that’s no fault of the creators, who do a decent job given the page count.
The next story, “Countdown,” reminds me of the cult classic film Explorers. The story features two young girls creating their own spaceship in their backyard, and features some very good art by Sophia Foster-Dimino. The art is reminiscent of James Kochalka, and fits the story perfectly. This story is reason enough to pick up the issue.
The third story is “The Vesta,” and it’s an odd little story about a woman living on a spaceship and questioning the reality of her situation. This one is also a decent story, without knocking my socks off. Like the first story, I wish it had more than eight pages or so to expand on the central idea.
The last piece of the issue is a text piece detailing the life of Lily Renee, a female artist who escaped Nazi occupied Austria in the days leading up to World War II and traveled to America, eventually working on several series during the war. I’m a sucker for history of any kind and comic history in particular, so the two page piece was of particular interest to me.
This is an anthology series, so some stories are better than others, and most of the stories are too short, but there’s more good than bad here and it’s worth checking out the series to see the unique voices presented. Womanthology: Space #3 is a bit of a mixed bag, so I’m giving it a 3 out of 5.