-This article was possible due to the gift of a review copy, QWERTY, and rolling natural 20s.
This is a new graphic novel based on the original character created by Jean-Claude Forest. The art is fantastic and just what I’d expect from a professional publisher. The writing is imaginative and is in keeping with the Barbarella universe as established by its creator. In this first issue, Barbarella is in a fix. She stumbles into a world of uptight, hyper-religious theocracy. A precious, personal possession is taken from her against her will, her only crime, being a fully functioning woman.
Who is Barbarella?
Let me introduce you to this lovely lady. I’m assuming you have never heard of her. If you haven’t, you’ve missed out, indeed. The titular hero comes from a future that is devoid of war, hate, suffering – at least on Earth – and weapons of war. “Pease” is the solute used between Barbarella and the Earth President. The original comic was published in serial strip form in a French magazine called “V” in 1962. It was later published in book form in 1964.
In 1968 the film “Barbarella” starring Jane Fonda was released by Paramount. The film was campy and not true to the original comic series. Several sequels have been proposed but none have gone to production.
Barbarella is a young woman who travels from planet to planet having adventures that often involves being intimate with aliens. In the future personal hangups that include the wearing of clothes and sexuality are a thing of the past. She is the embodiment of a cosmopolitan, universal citizen.
New Barbarella comic by Dynamite Entertainment:
In this first issue, Barbarella finds herself teaming up with another woman to fight for the freedom of oppressed women and to stop an existential threat to Earth. The Barbarella and Quire (her friend) find themselves demonstrating to them what it means to be human and that desire is not just biological. The story is as close as you can get to a Jean-Claude Forest story without him. I enjoyed the story very much. The content is consistent with the comics’ universe and the supporting characters are unique and fresh.
If you are a long time fan or new to this world of the 41st century, you will love this new take on this well-established property. Enjoy!. Just enjoy.