Title: Void Trip #1
Words: Ryan O’Sullivan
Art: Plaid Klaus
Letters: Aditya Bidikar
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “From writer RYAN O’SULLIVAN (Turncoat, The Evil Within, Warhammer 40,000) and illustrator PLAID KLAUS (Turncoat), comes the story of Ana and Gabe, the last two humans left alive in the galaxy. They’re low on fuel, they’re low on food, and they’re low on psychedelic space froot, but they’re still determined to make it to the promised land: hippy-paradise, super-planet Euphoria. This is the story of their journey, the friends and enemies they made along the way, and how the universe responded to those who dared to live freely within it.”
Ana and Gabe, two seemingly similar souls, and apparently, the last human left in the galaxy, are attempting to reach Euphoria, but a lack of fuel—and focus—is preventing them from doing so. Issue #1 is a standard debut as it introduces us to our main characters as well as the point—or points—of conflict that will become more apparent and troublesome throughout the series. With a strong opening and an ending note that suggests remarkable things are to follow, Void Trip is one to keep an eye on.
Void Trip’s heart and soul are Ana and Gabe, and the dialogue that Ryan O’Sullivan crafts for them is impressive on multiple levels. Each word spoken is effective in both progressing the story forward and revealing more about the characters speaking. In a series like this, it is colorful, well-developed characters that keep readers coming back issue after issue. The potential is there, all O’Sullivan has to do is keep up the good work and Void Trip will go on to be great series.
In a word, the art in Void Trip #1 is groovy. Plaid Klaus’ psychedelic illustrations, especially those which depict the after-effects of eating wacky space ‘froot’ are beautiful and complement O’Sullivan’s script. Klaus’ panels feel loose and free while also maintain a well-polished aesthetic that makes for a satisfying reading experience.
The Bottom Line:
Prepare yourself for a tantalizing trip through time and space; Void Trip is a psychedelic romp through the galaxy that’ll leave you craving more of its mind-altering-goodness. Issue #1 gets the story off the ground and moving in a promising direction. Give this one a read if you’re looking for a little escape.