Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The High Ways #3

As a longtime fan of "hard" science fiction (in the vein of Heinlein, Clarke and Asimov), I'm really enjoying this rare venture by a comic book into that territory.

And you get the sense that writer / artist John Byrne is having a blast with The High Ways.

It follows the crew of a deep space freighter that becomes involved in a strange plot involving a stowaway, a secret mission, a huge secret and more than a few surprises.

It would be easy to take this into more fanciful, space cops-and-robbers territory, but Byrne is taking the more challenging road here and the result is a terrific story.

It's also a heck of a lot of fun, and plays fair with the reader (aside from a few minor quibbles) - and just when you think you know where the story is going, you find out you're wrong.

Byrne's art is terrific, with distinct, animated characters and amazing ship designs.

If you're a fan of science fiction, this is the series for you!

Grade: A


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