When I heard about Elon Musk and SpaceX launching a Tesla roadster “driven” by an astronaut dummy into outer space, I was torn between finding it awesome and inane. On one hand, Starman has a “DON’T PANIC!” sign on the dashboard, which is a complete nerdgasm for me. On the other hand, Starman could potentially become a “biothreat” to Mars one day, which is certainly a downer. But in the end, it took me right back to the opening scene of the film “Heavy Metal,” and there is very little that’s more badass than that! The launch of Starman certainly seemed like something of which Commander Schwartz would approve.
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So Thorsos has an even larger (and messier) reason to hate Commander Schwartz! If only he knew….
I wonder how hard it will be for Thorsos to get that chocolate sauce off his windshield?
First of all, I want to apologize. I want to apologize for the obsession I seem to have with the poop bag in Commander Schwartz’s ship. It first surfaced in my short-lived Space Audiobooks project, debuting in the long-form adaptation of “Stuck On Mars.” Then I somehow actually sold a short story about it to a science fiction magazine. And now here the poop bag is for you to see in all it burbly, brown glory. All I can offer is that I find the idea of Schwartz being forced to carry around a sack of his own crap deeply hilarious. Hopefully, this is a cautionary tale and may YOU never find yourself in the same situation. It’s a public service that I’m offering here.
That Walking Astro Grappler (#6882) just cracks me up every time I look at it. It captures that Classic LEGO Space aesthetic that toes the line between goofy and cool. It’s actually a cleverly designed set. The upright cockpit is unique and the swiveling walking mechanism is a lot of fun. I want to do more with the Walking Astro Grappler in the comic at some point, but decided it would be a fun cameo here.
YOU MUST BREAKDANCE!
Continuing the 10th Anniversary of SPACE: The Comic party, this comic follows up on the very first time we saw Commander Schwartz, in the second page I ever posted. Helpfully, I’ve gone back and added “Part 1″ to the now first installment of “Stuck On Mars…”
During the comic’s long hiatus, Star Wars returned and broke my heart.
Don’t get me wrong, what Disney and J.J. Abrams accomplished with “The Force Awakens” was a major achievement. They managed to produce a Star Wars movie that captured the fun and spirit of the Original Trilogy, and created a new set of characters that we actually cared about and couldn’t wait to see more of in future films. I thought the movie had a few flaws, such as a puzzling, almost carbon-copy of the finale of “A New Hope,” but I could live with those.
What I couldn’t live with was *SPOILERS* the death of Han Solo and the way in which it happened. That moment just sucked the wind out of the theater for me. And I had already spent the whole film dreading it would happen, since I knew of Harrison Ford’s unfulfilled desire to kill Han in “Return of the Jedi,” and the fact that a shocked man about my age had wandered forlornly out of the showing before mine saying he was still “processing” what he had seen. I was pretty sure I knew what that meant.
I think if Han had heroically sacrificed himself and the Falcon to destroy Starkiller Base after the Resistance attack failed, I would have been pretty satisfied with that. But the way it did happen… the moment he walked onto that bridge, you knew he was doomed. I appreciate that he was willing to risk everything to try and save his son, but the way he attempted it was so suicidal, not really in-character for Han. It was telegraphed, by-the-numbers and – yes, I get that he had to die that way to further Kylo’s story – but I just hated it. To make it worse, could Leia (God bless Carrie Fisher.) have poured on the guilt trip on Han any thicker? “You HAVE to save our son.” This is one of those cases where I feel like J.J. Abrams lacks a little something in his storytelling pertaining to characters and satisfying resolution. Worst of all is that we’ll NEVER see the onscreen reunion of Han, Luke and Leia.
But anyway, Han was dead and I had to live with it. The hero of my youth, my favorite Star Wars character, was Obi-Wan-Kenobied. It bothered me enough that I couldn’t even watch “The Force Awakens” again until a couple of months ago. It took me that long to process Han’s fate. It doesn’t bother me as much now – I’ve moved onto the acceptance stage, I guess – and I enjoyed the film a lot more than I did the first time.
However, I still needed some catharsis, and this comic was my way to do it. If your feelings about Han Solo’s end are anything like mine, I hope this gave you a smile, too.
Anyway, “The Last Jedi” is out THIS WEEK, and I know I can’t wait!
First of all, “Back in the Black” is not over, and will resume shortly. Today’s comic is a bonus edition (first time I’ve posted two pages in a week since I returned!) and a prelude to Sunday’s comic, which is a really special, timely installment that I can’t wait for you to see. “At the Moo-vies” is an idea I’ve had for a long time, that Schwartz and Galanos would talk about movies and show scenes from them, just like the old Siskel and Ebert “At the Movies” program from years ago. However, the scenes would usually be skewed from what you remember. I kind of introduced this idea awhile back with Galanos alone talking about a Rancor monster, but this will be the first time you see the feature as I intended. Check back on Sunday!
What’s next for Commander Valkyrie? You’ll find out in the New Year when I post the final act of “Back in the Black.” Until then, we’re going to take a break to visit a couple other corners of the SPACE: The Comic universe.
All I’ll say about the genesis of this comic is that cats often don’t take the hint when you need some privacy. They’re in the spot they’ve chosen, and they’re STAYING.
Valkyrie and Schwartz’s date in Scotland took an unexpected turn when it evolved into a smackdown between Nessie and a UFO, filmed by the DACTA news agency and viewed across the cosmos. It’s a long story. But you can read it starting here: http://spacethecomic.com/?p=465