Comic Review: Mysteries of Love in Space #1 (DC Comics)

DC delivers outer space flowers and romance, but also the lack of light, the coldness, and plain ol’ heartbreak. It’s all good, or is it??   Mystery of Love In […]

DC delivers outer space flowers and romance, but also the lack of light, the coldness, and plain ol’ heartbreak. It’s all good, or is it??

 

Mystery of Love In Space, an 80 Page Giant, combines new stories with old, new characters (to me, at least) with old, happiness with misery. Editors Alex Antone and Dave Wielgosz pick their top tales for this issue, starting off with The New Gods. Following is a smorgasbord of characters, including stories featuring Bizarro Superman, Hawkgirl, Kilowog, Space Cabbie, Crush, Lois Lane and Superman, and Adam Strange.

 

Stange cohabitants indeed! But it’s an amusing grab bag of stories here. Like other recent DC anthologies, the stories that make up this issue are typically ‘slices of life’, or ‘a day in the life’ rather than classic short stories. There’s love-gone-wrong, ‘love gone and it broke my heart’, loneliness, and so on. Not so much in the ‘Happily Ever After’ category, let me warn ya. It’s complicated.

The high point for me was Space Cabbie’s ‘GPS, I Love You’. Not just for its play on words on the old Beatles tune either. This story, written by Aaron Gillespie and drawn by May Raynor (colours by Hi-Fi) has a fun story hook. Space Cabbie’s vehicle has had a new GPS installed. And this new device has a personality! This ten-page tale is a delightfully spirited space adventure, well worth checking out.

The last story in this collection is a classic Adam Strange tale, written by Gardner Fox. This Silver Age story reads differently than those of today, of course, but it holds up surprisingly well for its age.

There ya have it, lovers of love in space!

DC Comics, Mystery of Love in Space #1, 84 pages including cover, for $9.99 Teen + rating

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