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Review: Andromeda #1                               

Andromeda #1


ANDROMEDA #1
(Cover by John Allison)
Published and © by Andromeda, Sep. 1977


“The Man Who Walked Home”

Synopsis: A time traveler stumbling backwards toward Zero Day appears annually for a second as civilization rebuilds itself.

Writer (original story): James Tiptree
Writer (adaptation): John Allison
Artists: Allison and Tony Meers

Review: Andromeda wastes little time establishing the fact it will be trafficking in sophisticated, thinking-person’s sci-fi. “The Man Who Walked Home” is a dense, at-times-difficult read, with odd speech cadence and a plodding plot. It was probably a better short story than graphic adaptation, though the pencil art here is excellent.

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“The Escape and Pursuit of Jeanne d’Arc”

Synopsis: A surreal piece featuring a biplane, gun-totting samurai, little girl with a crucifix and woman burning at the stake.

Writer: Dean Motter
Penciler: Motter
Inker: Motter

Review: Future Mister X creator Dean Motter is in full Moebius mode, delivering a dream-infused short that’s more thinker than entertainer.

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“A Day at Ygsrd’s”

Synopsis: A bear-like alien walks into a creature-filled bar. Orders a drink. Drinks the drink. Then leaves.

Writer: Jason Ross
Penciler: Ross
Inker: Ross

Review: As its synopsis suggest, there’s not much going on in this two-pager. The cluttered art is quite nice, though.

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“Troll”

Synopsis: A hairy troll under a bridge waxes philosophical about the joys of scaring unsuspecting travelers.

Writer: Don Marshall
Penciler: Marshall
Inker: Marshall

Review: This “Cerebral Swamp” one-pager is in the style of Jeff Jones’ “Idyll”; the art by Don Marshall is lovely.

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Grade (for the whole issue): B

Second opinion: “Stylish if somewhat hit-and-miss science fiction … .” — The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).

Cool factor: Ground-level sci-fi.

Notable: Not listed in the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide.

Character quotable: “But sometimes it drowns, an’ spoils all da fun …” — The Troll.

A word from the writer/artist/editor: “My own story, ‘The Escape and Pursuit of Jeanne d’Arc,’ follows. I shan’t attempt an explanation. All I ask is that you play around with it in your head a little.” — Dean Motter, in an introduction to this issue.

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3 comments to Review: Andromeda #1                               

  • Edo Bosnar

    Don’t think I’ve ever heard of this, but now I think I’ll try to track it down: I never knew anybody tried a comic adaptation of a Tiptree story. She was, in my opinion, the absolute master of the SF short story.

  • Edo:

    I’m not familiar with Tiptree. If I wanted to check out her work, where would you suggest starting?

    Cheers,
    Andrew

  • Edo Bosnar

    Actually, the easiest way to start is to check out the Wikipedia entry on Tiptree, because down at the bottom there are links to a few of her stories that are posted online. Notably, her story “The Screwfly Solution” is quite popular – it’s devilishly wicked, and almost seems inspired by the EC sci-fi comics (although I don’t think she ever read comics…)
    Otherwise, you can just pick up any one of her short story collections – it doesn’t matter which, in my opinion (I’m still slowly working my way through them, so I really can’t give a final assessment of which is the ‘best’). The Wikipedia entry I mentioned lists all of her books. If you’re lucky, your local library might have some of them, but they’re otherwise not that hard to find at reasonable prices on the web, i.e. the Amazon marketplace, Biblio, Abe, etc. I think the only one still actually in print is a posthumously published collection called “Her Smoke Rose Up Forever.” Anyway, if you like the SF genre, I think you’ll enjoy her work.

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