Publisher: Vault Comics
Writer: Michael Moreci
Artwork: Hayden Sherman
Colours: Jason Wordie
Letters: Jim Campbell (letters)
Release Date: 29th May 2019
And so we reach the final part of the second arc of Vault Comics’ Wasted Space, hot on the heels a fairly intense cliffhanger where, for all intents and purposes, it seemed that Billy had nuked himself, his friends, and the wealthy cryptokey-holders they were tracking down in a fairly spectacular act of bluff calling.
However, by virtue of the fact that this issue isn’t just 24 pages of smouldering ash, it should be fairly obvious that Billy had a plan all along. Admittedly, it was very much a ‘Billy Bane’ plan, without too much in the way of forethought or risk-assessment. As you might expect, Dust is suitably unimpressed, and the cracks between the pair continue to spread as their quest to kill The Creator reaches a pivotal moment.
Writer Michael Moreci and artist Hayden Sherman deliver a satisfying issue here that wraps a few things things up while propelling the story forward into the next arc. It features some solid character moments – including an interesting development in Billy and Molly’s relationship – not to mention more of the same striking visual design that the series has become synonymous with.
Since the first issue, this series has hung its hat on its irreverent, murky and somewhat jaded view of the universe, and both Moreci and Sherman – along with colorist Jason Wordie and letterer Jim Campbell – lean into that in a big way here. Humorous gags are delivered alongside moments of true gravitas, and with a cliffhanger that throws another significant obstacle into the path of our crew of misfits, it’s clear that the creators aren’t planning on letting up on the throttle anytime soon.
As I’ve said before, if you like your sci-fi more than a little rough around the edges, Wasted Space is definitely the comic for you. Nothing about it is clean or straightforward, from the artwork to the dialogue to the flawed character choices, but there’s something about it that just draws you in issue after issue. The next arc can’t come soon enough, that’s for sure.