In DC’s Future Quest Showcase issue 3, we rejoin Space Ghost!

Space Ghost (yes, from that 1960’s cartoon series designed by legendary comic artist Alex Toth), along with his two young cadets, Jason. Jan and Blip the monkey are trapped in a cave in outer space. They are tied to rocks, and being kept prisoner by Metallus and his minions. Well, not MINIONS, per se, but you know, the guys working for Metallus. Anyway, it looks bad for our heroes, VERY bad. I sure hope something good happens for them!!

How did they get trapped in a cave? It’s a long story, and a complicated one. A lot has happened since issue 1, believe me. More than I can relay to you in a brief summary. Let’s put it this way: they are looking for a mineral/rock, and things have gone wrong.

But let’s get to the comic; is it good, and is it worth your $4?

That all depends on how invested you are in the story. If you have read and enjoyed the first two issues of this arc in Future Quest Showcase, this issue is excellent. The dialogue (written by Jeff Parker) is wonderfully corny, all in keeping with the history of the characters. The conversations are all big and bold. They seem just the right flavor for a comic based on a 1960’s Saturday morning cartoon.

The illustrations by Ariel Olivetti are striking. Space Ghost and cadets, giant apes, monkeys, planets, worlds, you name it: it’s like reading a story done in oil paintings. Good oil paintings with lots of light, well-proportioned figures, convincing environments.

If Space Ghost stories are your thing, and you can follow the myriad of characters that enter and exit throughout this story, then you are sure to enjoy this third issue in the Space Ghost arc.

DC comics, 32 pages, all ages, $3.99

By 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!!