Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion the minds behind the hit web series ConMan are at it again. (Full disclosure, I contributed to the ConMan Indiegogo campaign.) They are producing a comic book called Spectrum.
In ConMan, Tudyk and Fillion play actors who starred in a beloved science fiction television show which was cancelled too soon. The show, Spectrum, is a stand in for Firefly, the Joss Whedon television show which Fox cancelled after nine episodes, but has a fanatical fan base.
Enter Spectrum. This comic is based upon that fictional television show. Rather than jumping off into the middle, and assuming people would actually know what is going on, Tudyk and co-writer PJ Haasma, start the story at the beginning, before ace pilot Cash (Tudyk) meets up with Captain Raaker (Fillion). Cash is a disgraced former hero busted down in rank for destroying a ship by spilling his coffee. In the opening sequences, Earth is under attack and Cash must pilot his antiquated ship to Cheyanne base, only to be accidently shot down by Raaker.
The artist is a relative new comer, Sarah Stone. The end notes list her as working as the Senior Art Director at Gaia interactive. Her work is not of the Super Hero School. She tries to draw Cash as a younger Tudyk and as she does for Fillion’s Raaker. The results are somewhat mixed. Personally, I have never been a fan of trying to make a comic character look like a real person. It generally does not work, as countless Star Trek comics has shown.
It’s too early to tell where the story is going. While there are moments of humor, the overall tone of the comic is serious. Since Spectrum was the stand-in for Firefly, it is probably likely that Tudyk and Fillion will be looking for that type of feel.
Should you try it? At $1.99 on Comixology, it’s a relative bargain.