The second title I picked up from Cosmic Times, Deep Space Tragedy is neither dark nor important. It is light and silly. Think the movie Robots crossed with a kinder and gentler Dethklok from Metalocalypse. Deep Space Tragedy is about a teenaged rebel robot band that speaks to the secret heart of all robots.
The planet Clog is inhibited solely by robots, and of course run by an evil government who is refusing to repair older models, driving them obsolescence. They are visited by the band, which consists of Jerrick who is having strange visions, Dolus, who a vain smart aleck and Devy the level headed one. Their story alternates with that of Riggot, a mid-level robot who is as he says, “programmed to rock.”
He’s introduced unsuccessfully trying to download Deep Space Tragedy tracks when a mysterious package is delivered to him. Not only does it allow him to download all the tracks, but imbues him with strange thoughts and courage that this mild mannered robot never felt before. He convinces he friend Dom to go to the DST concert.
According to Riggot the “show was absolutely nex-lev,” to which Dom replies “Oh, yeah, especially the parts I could hear through your screaming.”
Unfortunately, the evil powers that be want Riggot and the item that was delivered to him. And band, who are “interplanetary fugitives, running for our lives, we’re a threat to the status quo because we want you to live yours…” are going to get pulled into it.
The robots alternate between mechanical slang (“I’m so amped for this you can’t compute it.”) and the jarring human slang (“Word”). All this is done with the tongue firmly planted in the cheek.
Write/Artist Mike Wagganer has delivered some inspired lunacy with this title. His artwork is strange, quirky and total fits this story. Moisely Fernandez’ colors are dark and a little too claustrophobic, but it does invoke the dismal world of Cog.
The warning on the front of the comic advises that it is “E, Appropriate for All Age Groups,” and it is. So far, I’ve seen nothing but a frothy silliness. Young children will appreciate Riggot and his friend Dom, and even adults will get a smile. In a time when Sabrina the Teenaged Witch is a practicing Satanist, The Wacky Races takes places in a horrific post apocalyptic landscape and Shaggy has been turned into a hipster, it is refreshing to read a comic that is pure, simple fun.
My laconic 14-year-old paid it high praise when asked for his reaction about it replied “Good.” Read it and share it with your kids.