Anthologies – WOMANTHOLOGY: SPACE #3

Womanthology: Space #3 (2012) Cover

I’m telling you guys, this new segment will both ease and magnify my work load. To it anyway! It’s WOMANTHOLOGY: SPACE #3.

First story is “Centipede” by Robin Furth, Carli Idhe, Ronda Pattison, and Robbie Robbins. A simple civilian trade ship comes under attack by an odious infestation. A deadly cargo that, when loosed, propagates itself like a plague.

This one reminded somewhat of the previous issue with that one comedy story. I think it’s more a product of similar art direction, because it’s not nearly as funny. Also, the creatures are stored in individual glass spheres. Granted they’re then stored in a metal box, but still. These things are ludicrously lethal. Why are they in simple glass? Do you not have break-resistant glass in the future? The whole thing starts because someone casually dropped one maybe two feet to the floor.

Space incompetence is what it is! Still a decent story.

Next is “Countdown” by Rachel Edinin and Sophia Foster-Dimino. Ever collaborate with your friends to build a pretend whatever as a child? Bet they weren’t as elaborate as what the two girls in this story did. They build a rocket, complete with a two-page spread of all the detailed objects they put into it. An enormous, eight hour build.

But it’s all pretend right? Right?

As mentioned, Countdown (not to be confused with the awful weekly series of the same name) has impressive attention to detail. On a side note, one of the girls is the spitting image of Jade Harley. Makes sense, given Jade is the Witch of Space.

Next is “The Vesta” by Jennifer DeGuzman, Leigh Dragoon, and Robbie Robbins. Aboard the titular Vesta, Dr Shriya Singh lives a comfortable life with many happy faces waiting to please her. It’s just a shame it’s a complete fabrication, and she spends so much time surviving that she’s unable to properly live. It’s basically Wall-E, except without the extreme fatness.

Art was good, but I found the story the weakest of this set. Or rather it’s the one I’m least interested in. It’s a perfectly well-crafted tale of post-purpose human nature. Just too boring to me. I get bored of everything going right for the main character. And as fitting as that sounds, I can’t say I sympathize so readily with a woman who’s main conflict is having no conflict whatsoever and feeling vaguely bummed about it.

And finally we have a text article by Trina Robbins on classic comic book artist, Lily Renee. Did you know there was a female comic artist who escaped Nazi Germany and proceeded to fight them through sequential art? You will now, thanks to this quick look at artist Lily Renee’s life. It’s great stuff, and it once again illustrates why the Holocaust was bad (in more ways than just the obvious): any Jewish people not already in a concentration camp defected elsewhere, many to the US, where they then proceeded to make awesome stuff for us. Like Albert Einstein’s atomic theory, or Ralph Baer basically inventing video games before anyone else.

So on the one hand, mass death and the Chaplin mustache ruined for everyone. On the other hand, atom bombs, video games, and one of the earliest female comic artists.

This whole anthology segment thing is going to be a chore to get used to. Then again, I’ve often thought how inefficient The Weekly Pull is. I’ve been thinking maybe it could use a restructure. What do you guys think? Leave a comment below. Feedback is always appreciated.

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