Void Trip #2

Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Ryan O’Sullivan
Artist: Plaid Klaus
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar

Review by Anelise Farris

Void Trip #2 begins with Ana dreaming of Mentors, figures who apparently visit people in their dreams. Ana refuses to listen to the Mentors—all “beards and morals” she scoffs. Despite her dismissal though, Ana knows that the universe is trying to tell her something. There is a fantastic tension within Ana as she is both apathetic and deeply affected by the world around her.

Void Trip #2 focuses primarily on Ana, who is not sure if she actually wants to reach Euphoria. She fears a life without a specific end goal in mind. Gabe, on the other hand, is older and travel-weary and just wants to get to Euphoria before they run out of Froot. While two space hobos in flight is plenty to keep my attention, we also have an outside threat as they are—unknowingly—being hunted. At the end of Void Trip #2, they do finally reach their destination, although it is nothing like they expected.

To be honest, I found myself surprised at how Void Trip #2 ended. It seems like we’ve only begun our journey, and Ana and Gabe are already at Euphoria? However, I reminded myself of two things: one, Ana and Gabe have been traveling long before I entered the picture, and, two, the series is only set to run for five issues. So, I can’t really fault the creative team for that.

The art in Void Trip #2 is fantastic with gorgeous space scenes and a smart use of pinks, purples, and blues. Recently, I have become a huge fan of wide yet short panoramic-like panels, and there are a bunch of those here. We also have lots of detailed, close-up shots which layer the comic with added complexity.

Overall, I am thoroughly enjoying this series. I love the existentialist undertones, and I find that I identify with Ana more than I have with a comic-book character in a long time (especially with what happens to people who dare disturb her when she is asleep!).

Verdict: Buy it.

This series breathes fresh air into the space saga genre with its philosophical undertones and humorous debates about properly defining cannibalism. Void Trip #2 picks up the speed as Ana questions the universe’s purpose for her, and the crew arrives at their destination. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, definitely pick it up! You can read my review of issue #1 here.

Anelise Farris
farranel@isu.edu
I'm a doctor that specializes in folklore and mythology, speculative fiction, and disability studies. Basically, I'm a professional geek. When not researching or teaching, I read; I write; I yoga; I travel; I play with my fur babies; and, I watch way too many (if that's a thing) horror movies.

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