MINOR SPOILERS BELOW
As is explained by publisher Phillip Kim in the opening pages of The Lost Adventures #1, this new Lost in Space comic miniseries is not merely a modern writer's continuation of the beloved TV series in sequential art form, but an official adaptation of two unproduced teleplays commissioned for the show before it went off the air after its third season. Written by veteran TV scribe Carey Wilber (Lost in Space, Star Trek, Wonder Woman), these two never-before-released teleplays will finally be shared with the public thanks to the efforts of American Gothic Press.
AGP’s Holly Interlandi does an admirable job adapting Wilber’s scripts to comic book form, and the result is a story centering around an away mission with John, Don, and Will (and their trusty robot, of course) that feels like it would seamlessly mesh with the beloved 1960s television show. The AGP team clearly had fun with this project and what it could offer fans, because in addition the explanation of the origin of the comics themselves, the first issue also includes a page from one of the teleplays (giving a peek at the behind-the-scenes process) and the announcement of the letters page in future issues.
The art team of Kostas Pantoulas (pencils/inks) and Patrick McEvoy (colors) certainly adds a lot to the series, as well. Pantoulas does a great job of giving the visuals that genuine Lost in Space feel, and McEvoy’s colors make the book pop with an otherworldly brilliance. These positive qualities of the book are backed by a stunning cover image by Steve Stanley.
FINAL VERDICT: Given the care and grace taken with honoring and respecting the source material, Irwin Allen’s Lost in Space: The Lost Adventures #1 should be a real treat for any fan of the original TV series.
To learn more about Irwin Allen’s Lost in Space: The Lost Adventures, visit the official American Gothic Press website.
That’s all for now, my fellow comic book sniffers!
'Till the end of the world,
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