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This oversized issue contains four complete short stories featuring, who else, Alibi Jones. Alibi Jones is a negotiator, often sent out by his Aunt Anita to further the goals and peace of the Solar Alliance. He reminds me of a lot of John Thomas Stuart XI from Heinlein’s novel The Star Beast. Alibi is kind, honest, with a hint of rascal that often finds Alibi at the wrong place at the right time.
My favorite of the short stories is “Father’s Day” illustrated by Rhys Ap Gwyn. The short jaunt into the past reveals a bit of Alibi’s origins, and is my favorite art style of the comic. Rhys Ap Gwyn is really able to portray the emotional intensity of the piece, which is a step away from the tone of the other three stories.
Of course, “Alibi Jones In Over His Head” is another step away from the typically fast-paced adventure stories that it is sandwiched in between. Luoma and Juan Carlos Quattordio show us the less glamorous side of being a diplomat – dealing with alien customs. The art of this piece is probably my least favorite, though Luoma’s writing, and poop jokes (my funny bone may be stuck before puberty) make it a fun read.
“Blind Eye” and “About Time” give the best old sci-fi feel, with art by Meisha. These two stories introduce us to Alibi’s relationship ex-girlfriend Shirra – a girl that repeatedly gets Alibi into some rough situations. The art here is slightly more refined, but a good colorist could give the book a more finished feel and make the art really pop.
Despite the lack of color, which I honestly thought might be a deal breaker, Luoma’s writing won me over. This is a really fun book that you can find on ComiXology tomorrow for only $0.99.