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Farscape: The Beginning of the End of the Beginning Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 6, 2009

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Grade 7 Up–While the Farscape TV series ended in 2004, its universe shows no signs of slowing down. This volume contains the first four issues of the comic book written by the series creator. The story takes place just after the miniseries Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, which followed the original TV series, so it is essential for readers to be familiar with these shows in order to appreciate and understand it. John Crichton, the former astronaut who spent years as the only human in a group of aliens, plans to settle down with his wife and child. But when Rygel, Chiana, and Jothee are captured and held prisoner on planet Hyneria, he has no choice but to try and rescue them. When his strong-willed wife refuses to stay behind, it becomes a family rescue mission, bringing even more risk and danger to the equation. The colorful artwork effectively captures the action, and is especially stunning when highlighting the skin tones, clothing, and skies of this alien world. An unusual but welcome bonus is O'Bannon's original story that was adapted into the script of these comics. While this book's reading level is appropriate for teens, it will be most appreciated by adult fans of the original series who will delight in revisiting old friends.–Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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About the Author

Keith R.A. DeCandido was born and raised in New York City to a family of librarians. He has written over two dozen novels, as well as short stories, nonfiction, eBooks, and comic books, most of them in various media universes, among them Star Trek, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Marvel Comics, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Resident Evil, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Farscape, Xena, and Doctor Who. His original novel Dragon Precinct was published in 2004, and he's also edited several anthologies, among them the award-nominated Imaginings and two Star Trek anthologies. Keith is also a musician, having played percussion for the bands the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, the Boogie Knights, and the Randy Bandits, as well as several solo acts. In what he laughingly calls his spare time, Keith follows the New York Yankees and practices kenshikai karate. He still lives in New York City with his girlfriend and two insane cats.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: BOOM! Studios (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934506753
  • ASIN: B005Q8IBFW
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,915,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While I'm not a big fan of comics, as such, I found this one very easy to follow, and quite true to the spirit and tone of the series in many respects. It was great to finally get another dose of Farscape, which I've been missing like crazy. Farscape is still my favourite TV show of all time, and I still re-watch the entire series frequently on DVD. Nobody wants more Farscape than me.

Unfortunately, this effort --subtitled The Beginning of the End of The Beginning -- is nothing more than a coda tacked on to the end of Peacekeeper Wars. In fact, it begins only MINUTES after the final scene in Peacekeeper Wars, and merely chews away on a few old plots for a while. It reads more like a Deleted Scene from one of Farscape's DVDs than any new story.

BEWARE. SPOILERS FOLLOW:

What do we get with this 'new' story?

Rygel gets his throne back and becomes a wise, but humble despot -- after a short burst of mild Farscape pyrotechnics and a smidgen of crude intrigue -- but we already knew that was going to happen, didn't we? Ho-hum.

A mysterious Black-Cloaked-Critter-With-Red-Eyes is following Crichton around, taking pot-shots at him and Aeryn. Their baby slows the bullets by blinking. Exciting stuff? Ermm ...not really, at least not yet. We're only mildly curious, that's all.

Chiana and Jothee grieve for D'Argo by having lots of sex. Aeryn obsesses (constantly!) about being a "bad" mother, just like Xalax! -- hold me back. Shallow, overcooked, predictable rubbish.

And Scorpius ...the most marvellous 'dark' character ever committed to screen? In this story, Scorpius's character has lost all the subtle ambiguity Wayne Pygram built up during the entire TV series.
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I really enjoyed this comic. This is the hardcover, which includes all four comics in this series. It starts moments after the end of "The Peacekeeper Wars." I really liked the story. It stayed true to the characters. I laughed and worried with them. It really seemed like our Crichton, Aeryn, Chiana, and Rygel! This book tied up some loose ends and answered some questions that there wasn't time to cover in PK Wars. It also opened up some new questions and concerns to pave the way for more comics, which is awesome! Farscape is such an amazing series and it is great to be able to follow my favorite characters through more adventures. I highly recommend that all Farscape fans sit down for an hour and give this book a read! I don't normally read comics, but I loved it. It was written by Farscape creator Rockne O'Bannon.

More Farscape hardcovers are being released in 2010. They are in four parts like this series, so that means these comics are also available individually, too (produced by Boom! Studios. If you want them individually, I recommend ebay.). So far, I've seen the following hardcovers released or available for pre-order, "Strange Detractors," "Gone and Back," "Tangled Roots," and "Red Sky At Morning."(In that order) There are also hardcovers that follow the story line of individual characters, especially D'Argo. There is "D'Argo's Trial," which goes into D'Argo's back story about his wife. There's "D'Argo's Lament" which takes place in season 3 and includes him and Jool on a mission to save the others. "D'Argo's Quest" is also a new hardcover coming out that takes place in season 3, where he is hunting down his wife's killer." Lastly, there is a hardcover coming out following Scorpius after the events in "The Beginning of the End of the Beginning". All these can be found here on Amazon. I'm pretty excited to read them as they become available!
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This book brought me home again. Being able to rejoin the Farscape crew was great and Rockne's story was where I expect he would take it if he had a huge budget and the show was still on.
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As I've said on my other reviews, the TV show of Farscape was cancelled after only four seasons. Watch those four seasons, and then watch the movie Peacekeeper Wars, which was made to tie up loose ends and give closure. Then start reading the Farscape books. The Beginning of the End of the Beginning starts immediately after PK Wars. For those who loved the series and want to find out what happens next, these books are a must. They are in comic book format with balloon dialog, but well-drawn...more so in the later books...and entertaining. Recommended for those of us who just can't get enough Farscape.
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These were my first ever reading of a graphic novel! I was reluctant because I had many misconceptions of what comic books were before reading them. Because it was the only way, so far, that they've been able to continue on the story line of FarScape I had to buy the first couple in the series to try them out.... they were awesome! My boyfriend, whom is a comic book fan, was delighted to buy me a bunch more in the series for my birthday... Even if you don't pick up another comic ever, if you loved the FarScape series you should read these!
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