The Adventures of Captain Cosmic - issue 2.
Created by Andy W Clift.
29 pages - Full Colour - £4.00 (physical copy).
‘All communication has been cut off from Devron VII, a remote colony on the very edge of Commonwealth space. No one knows what has happened to the inhabitant. The galactic guardians known as Captain Cosmic and Kid Cosmic have been dispatched to investigate. What they find not only is their most dangerous mission, but possibly the most dangerous to the galaxy! What has happened to the people of Devron VII? Will the Cosmics be able to save the day and the galaxy?! Find out in DANGER OF DEVRON VII!!’
How do you like your cosmic superheroes? Like them with a bit of dramatic grandstand punching, some Star Trek: The Original Series self-referential humour, some iconic Warholian colour schemes and kitschy tension?
Then The Adventures of Captain Cosmic is what you should be demanding. This is the second issue in Mr Clift’s ongoing series. It’s another dollup of joy from this creator.
‘...Mighty Fists of Justice!’
This is a comic series that I have backed on Kickstarter over the first two issues and loved reading. It is a simple story of Silver Age space heroes who will solve that problem of your planet being invaded by Globulous and Skeletron (‘a Warlord from the Orion Cluster’) and still have time for a chirpy mid-fight comment.
If you’ve had a hard week in the office, on the streets selling your boney body or down that blood diamond mine then this is what will pick you up and put a smile on your face.
Don’t get me wrong though its not without some tension but it does so with a sense of Silver Age fun. It’s even got that chessboard header to the cover that is straight out of a 1967 DC Comic! The art has that animation/Bruce Timm influence that Andy plays with so well. Added to that the colours are flat and the page borders are faded brown to a period specific effect. It feels and looks like you have just pulled it out of a back issue box at a Sunday Comic Mart. This gives it that added Batman tv series feel to the hi-jinks and dialogue.
It’s full of glorious characters. Globulous is a Space travelling Alien Blob that sends his consciousness down to the planet in Starro sized bites that land on the faces of the citizens like a purple custard pie to the face. They will then take you over and bend you to the will of Skeletron!
It’s little touches like that aforementioned pie that just made me smile again on this recent reread.
Seriously, get yourself a copy.
If you are on Comichaus you can read it as part of your subscription. Or if not head here to get a copy.
There’s even a application form in the back so you can join ‘The Cosmic Patrol’.
Find out more about Andy and his outstanding art by heading to http://www.awclift.co.uk/ or follow him on Twitter @AndyWClift
Many thanks for reading.