May 5, 2017

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 800: Spacepig Hamadeus and the Ambush at the Hourglass Sea, 2011

A short adventure for Hamadeus today, though also the first one written according to the site. This is more of a bridge from the previous adventure on Enceladus to what looks to be a major story on Mars. Unfortunately it seems that nothing in Ham's life is straightforward, and before he can touch down on Mars he is, as the title notes, ambushed and shot down. We'll have to see tomorrow how things work out for him.

I'm feeling a bit low from my surgery still, so I'm not going to write much today. I still have a graphic novel to write up that I missed yesterday, and a magazine for today. The cool thing about this little comic is the character profiles that make up the second half of the issue. There's some familiar faces and some that I haven't met yet, but what's really neat is to consider these profiles from the point of view that this is the first Spacepig Hamadeus comic that was produced. Some of the characters profiled don't show up until later issues, yet their "First Appearance" entry lists that issue. What this basically means is that Mr. Yaciuk seems to have had this all planned out in advance, which really does come through in the comics themselves. As I mentioned yesterday, or the day before, there's a real coherence to this fiction that you don't necessarily see in a lot of the time in serialized comics. Setting is a character all by itself, and Mr. Yaciuk has payed as much attention to that character as he has the more mobile ones.

Sadly, last issue until next year tomorrow. But I'm sure it'll be awesome.

To be continued.

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