Elida is just trying to lay low on Planet Crovax and maintain her happy life, far away from the planet she’s rightful ruler of. That is until a mysterious figure dressed in white arrives, with every intention of taking her back to her home planet regardless of who stands in the way.
From the opening pages onwards this feels like epic sci-fi: ships battling among the stars, a mysterious weapon, even cutting away to a rural sand covered planet – it’s coarse, rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.
This is the first instalment from volume two of Vagrant Queen, with the intention of the new story arc being both a continuation and a jumping on point. As such, this first issue introduces Elida and her fellow characters with some familiarity but with enough of an introductory feel that it isn’t immediately noticeable that a full arc has already taken place. However, as each character is introduced the issue definitely piqued my interest and made me want to learn more about the characters and their story up until this point.
Throughout the issue I felt Jason Smith’s artwork brought a light cartoonish tone to a series that could’ve easily felt much darker in the hands of a different artist. His emotive facial expressions capture the feelings within each scene perfectly, showing great variety, especially in the case of Elida. Equally I feel that Harry Saxon’s colouring is an excellent addition to Smith’s artwork, bringing cosmic and grounded tones as necessary.
As I haven’t read the first volume of the series yet I’m not able to say how this is as a continuation, and although I’m aware that there’s more of a background to the story than presented, this issue feels like an organic starting point.