Found in Comics Shop: Lost in Space from American Gothic Press

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American Gothic Press Lost In Space Irwin Allen Carey Wilber

The television series LOST IN SPACE is one of my guilty pleasures. It didn't create a huge following, and it never got the movie treatement it deserved. It's not STAR TREK. But the whole "Space Family Robinson" concept (another comic book title, by the way; same theme completely different series) was always an intriguing one, and should have found fertile ground in those days of television and movies when imagination looked to the boundless stars.

Now not only is American Gothic Press allowing me to enjoy another adventure of the Robinsons, it's an adventure penned by Carey Wilber -- an unproduced teleplay for the show -- and adapted by Holly Interlandi. "The Curious Galactics" finds John Robinson, his son Will, and Don West alone on a barren landscape deploying radar sites. When a small critter crosses the perimeter of the campsite, Robot seemingly overreacts, his dialogue coinciding with dialogue from a pair of aliens who are watching events remotely. The aliens do not believe that the Robinsons are intelligent life, and proceed to set up another experiment.

The next morning, the crew all feel that their minds were entered during their sleep. And when their compass readings are inconsistent with the direction they're travelling following their own tracks back to base, they become lost -- in space and on the planet.

The pacing is slow -- it's a half-hour show being spread across at least two (perhaps more) comic books. However, the feel is spot-on, owing to the use of the original teleplay's dialogue and the beautiful panel work of Kostas Pantoulas. If you're a fan of the original series, you need to get out to your local comics shop and pick up a copy or three of IRWIN ALLEN'S LOST IN SPACE: THE LOST ADVENTURES #1 from American Gothic Press.

Grade: 
5.0 / 5.0