50 Girls 50 #3
Writers: Doug Murray, Frank Cho
Art: Axel Medellin
Colorist: Nikos Koutsis
Flats: Mike Toris
Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Cover Artist: Frank Cho
Editor: Joe Keatinge
Publisher: Image Comics
It’s the third issue and the third drastically different take on the universe for 50 Girls 50. The all-female crew is still lost, still trying to find their way back to Earth, when they find an alien planet where dinosaurs evolved into the dominant sentient species. When they discover an asteroid field is poised to destroy the planet in 40 days – a fact which the inhabitants are ignorant of – they decide to help, a decision Oksana is none too happy about.
I’m again amazed at how well Doug Murray and Frank Cho are marrying totally different kinds of science fiction ideas. If you look at the creatures we encountered in issue one and compare them to these, one would be hard-pressed to believe they existed in the same universe. But the world they’ve conjured up is diverse and versatile enough to support such wildly different ideas and allow them to co-exist within the framework of these women exploring the universe in an effort to get home.
Axel Medellin, perhaps the new artist find of the year, again gives us a really great take on extraterrestrial life. The dinosaur planet seems to have developed a culture fairly similar to Earth. None of their architecture, fashion, or technology is so bizarre that you’d think it couldn’t exist on Earth. But all of it is subtlety different – often sleeker or more curvy, with few sharp edges anywhere. It’s a whimsical-looking place, which just makes for a better contrast with the way the book ends. This miniseries has really satisfied me, and I’m looking forward to the conclusion.