Publisher’s Summary: “Like many late-21st-century teens, geeky 16-year-old Vess gets packed off to spend her summer at Space Camp—which is literally in space. Tragically, a shuttle accident sends her and the rest of the passengers careening toward a cold, frosty death among the stars. But when a gigantic, space-faring tardigrade miraculously rescues Vess and her beloved retro Discman, it’s the beginning of an extraordinary friendship and an incredible journey home, all set to the nostalgic tunes of Vess’ 1990s-heavy playlist.”
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A human teenager with a giant tardigrade for a best friend is captured by a space spore collector of artifacts (whether they want to be collected or not) and all she wants to do is get back to Earth. This is only the beginning of the adventure, and if the tardigrade looks a little like a teddy bear, then all for the better. The delightful road trip buddy comedy adventure space opera that is Star Pig, is all of that and more.
Delilah S. Dawson packs more surprises and sharp dialogue into a couple of dozen pages of this unique comic book than most writers can get into an entire arc. Francesco Gaston has delivered a bubblegum and cotton candy aesthetic for Star Pig that is so on point and so sweet, and entirely perfect.
Star Pig has a soft touch level of absurdity that is the spiritual and emotional descendant of Hitchhikers Guide, Terry Pratchett, and well worth checking out. I find that I enjoy it quite a bit more than I would have expected.
The Bottom Line
Star Pig is an absolute delight. Funny, charming, heartwarming and still pretty exciting. The words and images combine in the best way possible, assured to put a smile on just about anyone’s face.