The postal service has a creed: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” But no one ever mentioned death. In Space Bastards #1 by writers Eric Peterson and Joe Aubrey, and artist Darick Robertson, being a postal worker is a job that can be extremely hazardous to your health. Space Bastards is a rambunctious action-adventure that gives a whole new meaning to the term “package delivered”.
The story follows David S. Proton, a man who was recently let go from his position at Powers Industry. Desperate for income, he takes on a job as an intergalactic postal worker, but he soon realizes in his new line of work that packages must reach their destination by ANY means necessary. This includes killing anyone that stands in your way if you have to. The twisted postal service encourages this behavior as the more violence that occurs, the more money they make.
Space Bastards feels like The Purge meets Rat Race with a genuinely new take on the distribution of packages. Two things that make the story work are unpredictability and relatability. The plot has such an unapologetic tone that it makes you feel as though no character is safe from harm. To add on top of that, David S. Proton’s character gives a harsh but realistic perspective on the cruelties life dishes out. It’s a great reminder that life doesn’t always hand you lemons. Sometimes it gives you a bag of rocks with a hole in it, and Proton is a great example of making it work.
Robertson brings all the raunchiness, chaos, and hilariousness that made The Boys such a great series to Space Bastards. By now we know Robertson can bring it when it comes to creating an insane amount of craziness. But during the journey in Space Bastards, he also does an incredible job of evolving David S. Proton with some solid character growth. Aside from that, he puts together a great mixture of character designs and technological devices like delivery bracelets to sell us on the whole intergalactic postal worker bit.
Space Bastards is a gut punch parcel ride that makes you laugh and keeps you guessing until the end. If you like The Boys, you’re sure to love this book. Make sure to support their new Kickstarter for volume 2.
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