Title: Proxima Centauri #1
Writer/Artist/Cover: Farel Dalrymple
Publication Date: June 13, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “PROXIMA CENTAURI,” Part One 4.243 light-years from Earth, the teenage wizard adventurer Sherwood Breadcoat is stuck in the confounding spectral zone on the manufactured dimensional sphere, Proxima Centauri, looking for escape and a way back to his brother while dealing with his confusing emotions, alien creatures, and all sorts of unknown, fantastic dangers. In this issue The Scientist H. Duke sends Sherwood on a salvage mission and gives counsel to the troubled boy in his charge. PROXIMA CENTAURI will be six issues of PSYCHEDELIC SCIENCE FANTASY ACTION COMIC BOOK DRAMA starring Sherwood Breadcoat, “The Scientist” Duke Herzog, Dr. EXT the Time Traveler, the ghost M. Parasol, Shakey the Space Wizard, and Dhog Dahog.”
Proxima Centauri is a science-fiction space adventure centered around a young boy, Sherwood, and his quest to return to earth and find his brother. In this first issue readers are introduced to Sherwood and friends as they navigate their way through space and time.
Where to begin? Proxima Centauri is a different kind of comic book storytelling. This first issue introduces readers to Farel Dalrymple’s unique style and voice, as he creates the world of Proxima Centauri. The narrative is different than most comics, distinguishing its voice among other series. As for the storyline, the young boy on a quest to save his brother is nothing new to the genre; however, Dalrymple is able to recreate the trope, giving the comic a fresh appeal. With several characters to introduce, Dalrymple strikes a balance between exposition and story. Nudging the reader to question various points in the comic, but only hinting at what the answers might be. The effect leaves the reader perplexed, yet intrigued.
Dalrymple also draws the art for this series, which allows him really create the psychedelic world of Proxima Centauri, as well as control the whole narrative. The drawings are centered mostly around the characters, with little background images. This has the effect of producing an abyss like feeling, where there is no beginning or end, much like one might feel in space. His art is similar in style to his series It Will All Hurt, for those that are familiar.
If you are not a big science-fiction fan this issue may appear a bit strange, but I promise you’ll definitely be intrigued. Dalrymple’s story is familiar, yet unique, and his incorporation of several genres creates added depth to the story.
The Bottom Line:
Take the leap. Science Fiction is a great genre, layering in psychedelic and dramatic elements only adds to the complexity of the plot. The artwork has a way of representing ideas that are too difficult to put into words, and the experience of reading becomes a visceral one.