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Wasted Space volume 1- lets get wasted

Wasted Space Vol 1 Issues 1-5

 

Wasted Space Volume 1 is an absolute triumph

We’re going to do a little break down of the individual Wasted Space issues that are contained withing volume 1 and then it is up to you to go pick it up and fall in love with this messy, perfect comic series. 


Issue 1: 

Writer: Michael Moreci
Illustrator: Hayden Sherman
Colours: Jason Wordie
Letters: Jim Campbell
Publisher: Vault
Cover A: Maquerite Savage
Cover B: Hayden Sherman

Immediately Wasted Space smacks of a bunch of vagrants on an adventure in space, like a technicolor space opera. Our focus is placed on Billy and Dust to start with. Also, I now fancy a blue robot so thanks, folks…

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Billy debates with himself and us and gets us up to speed on the existential crisis he seems to be currently living in.

Our heroes, unlikely though they may be, are inherently likable, I mean, who DOESN’T love a bunch of space rogues?

Okay, I also now love Molly Sure, what an A N G E L.

So much happens in Wasted Space Issue 1 but the catalyst is the meeting of Billy, the voice, and Molly, the vision. It is very clear that we are looking at the beginning of some sort of prophecy here and our little messy space babies are about to be in for a whole world of danger!

Visually Wasted Space is a feast, its jagged, its bold, its positively alive! There is so much texture to the panels it is a real delight to look at.


Issue 2

Writer: Michael Moreci
Illustrator: Hayden Sherman
Colours: Jason Wordie
Letters: Jim Campbell
Publisher: Vault
Cover A: Maquerite Savage

Cover B: Hayden Sherman

Brother Joesph preaches like a spiritual leader to adoring crowds of devoted sheep, he’s, of course, leading them astray.

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Molly sue has a gift, but like so many gifts, it is also a curse- one she has had to brave the burden of alone for many years. I just want to give her a hug. Molly Sue was taken advantage of because of her powers.

We find out Billy was also led astray by the ‘Creator’ and he is tormented by having led so many down this path and to their death.

Wasted Space issue 2 also introduces Molly Sue’s brother, the second in command in a rising gang of space anarchists, that dress nice and punk.. but their acronym spells ASS… Boy are they going to be embarrassed when the figure that out!


Issue 3

Writer: Michael Moreci
Illustrator: Hayden Sherman
Colours: Jason Wordie
Letters: Jim Campbell
Publisher: Vault
Cover A: Maquerite Savage
Cover B: Hayden Sherman

Billy is starting to regain his spark thank the space Gods. Molly Sue was doing just fine continuing to be kick-ass in every possible way but it is good Billy is finally getting involved.Image result for wasted space issue 3

Wasted Space is an existential crisis wrapped in a space opera. If everything is predestined/ predetermined than whether you fight against an enemy or not, is the end result not the same? We are asking so many philosophical questions throughout Wasted Space, my A-Level Philsoc teacher would be thrilled.

Is Billy this universes Jesus? He is the prophet sent by the ‘Creator’ to spread the love and wisdom of the ‘Creator.. that is assuming what he preaches is peace and love. Imagine how different the message would be is God hadn’t been talking about love and peace..


Issue 4

Writer: Michael Moreci
Illustrator: Hayden Sherman
Colours: Jason Wordie
Letters: Jim Campbell
Publisher: Vault
Cover A: Maquerite Savage
Cover B: Hayden Sherman

A test of friendship and finally.. proof that Billy has as a heart.Image result for wasted space

Just like in Dungeons and Dragons, some encounters can be won without conflict. However, when a mad scientist is trying to rewire your best blue buddy, guns are just as good as talking.

We can see how Billy was an easy target for the ‘Creator’, he was manipulated by him, he gave Billy a purpose and blinded him with adoration and acceptance. One of the most poignant moments is when we see Billy, talk down a member of ASS who is starting down a dangerous path. He talks the young kid round and hopefully, thanks to Billy he’ll get a chance at a new life!

 


Issue 5

Writer: Michael Moreci
Illustrator: Hayden Sherman
Colours: Jason Wordie
Letters: Jim Campbell
Publisher: Vault
Cover A: Maquerite SavageWasted Space #5
Cover B: Hayden Sherman

Issue 5 is the final issue in Vol 1 and following the world building, character difficulties and developments and the plot setup, issue 5 is the big money shot.

For me, it was the most entertaining of the 5, not that it looses any of the complex themes the series tackles. We laugh with the characters, cry with them and want to rally with them against the injustices. As you’d expect Issue 5 is full of twists and turns and has you hanging off each panel. 

 

What will happen to our little space babies?!


Wasted Space Volume 1

Looking at Wasted Space I would say that styles take influence from the aesthetics of Blade Runner and StarWars. The art style is both colorful and gritty. The brash and scratchy visuals Sherman and Jason have developed only furthers the chaos and desperation of the story.

There is a delicate balance when injecting aspects of humor into what is a quite serious undertone- but Micheal Moreci manages it perfectly. Billy’s inner monologues are often razor-sharp and humorous, perfectly befitting a damaged space cowboy. He reminds me of Tim Rozon’s Doc Holiday, but in space and that is something I LOVE.

Wasted Space asks hugely important questions, tackles very poignant themes and wraps its self in a space soap opera world, that really works incredibly well. We can relate to the characters struggles and see ourselves in them. Something that really struck a chord was the lovely relationship between Billy and Dust their friendship is so wholesome, these two are ride or die.  

Michael Moreci is making huge comic waves and it couldn’t be more deserved, he is not only an incredibly dedicated writer but a straight-up nice chap as well! There is so much being brought and unpacked in Wasted Space, it may have not succeeded if not for the dedication and skills brought by the all of creative team. 

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