Comic Review: Barbarella #1 (Dynamite)

Barbarella #1, from Dynamite, explores the contrasts between the beliefs of a quasi-religious society, and the expression of human sexuality. The first issue, Red Hot Gospel, Part One, “Spoils of […]

Barbarella #1, from Dynamite, explores the contrasts between the beliefs of a quasi-religious society, and the expression of human sexuality.

The first issue, Red Hot Gospel, Part One, “Spoils of War” starts with our heroine, Barbarella, being captured by nasty robed men.

In prison, Barbarella is mistreated and subjected to medical procedures that her captors deem necessary. Will she encounter any help in her quest to escape the evil clutches of the Parosian order? She seems to have allies within the prison.

The first issue of this series is written by Mike Carey, with art by Kenan Yarar. The cover (I saw version A) is absolutely stunning, worthy of a poster reprint. It’s by Kenneth Rocafort, but there are a total of 9 variant covers for this initial issue!

The story flows well enough, the dialogue fits the bill, too. The artwork is similar to Starburst artist M. Wm Kaluta’s style: scratchy lines, lots of detail, and cool looking spaceships. There’s a lot of nudity in this issue too, in keeping with the flavor of the Barbarella character, created by Jean-Claude Forest in France in 1962.

Basically, a good read, for mature sci-fi fans. Be sure to check out the cover!!

Dynamite Barbarella #1 $3.99 for 24 pages of content. Mature readers.

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words… the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let’s see!!