The Martian Confederacy original graphic novel
Writer: Jason McNamara
Artist/Cover artist: Paige Braddock
Colors: Brian Miller & Paige Braddock
Publisher: Girl Twirl Comics
Price: $15 US
The Martian Confederacy isn’t your typical science-fiction story. It’s hard to nail down. It’s humorous. It’s political. It’s action-packed. It’s touching. It’s off the wall. This quirky, small-press effort has a lot to offer its readership, but it doesn’t feel like it’s trying to be all things to all people. McNamara’s characters and dialogue are a lot of fun. Even the villains have a certain charm. The book as a whole is definitely light-hearted, but it boasts a couple of nastier, gory moments that make for not-unpleasant jolts in the flow of the narrative. The Martian Confederacy and its creators face some challenges. Some fans of small-press or indy comics might think a sci-fi graphic novel isn’t something that would appeal to them, just as fans devoted to more mainstream action-comics fare mightn’t be drawn to it either. Ultimately, both factions would be well advised to give it a chance. It’s undeniably fun, and it just gets more entertaining and enjoyable the further one gets into the book.