Barbarella began live as a French comic strip in 1962 but most people are aware of it because of the 1968 movie starring Jane Fonda. I read a translation of the comic a few years back and I have a hard time remembering any of it. I am not sure why it didn’t click with me though it is a bad sign when I don’t even remember disliking it.
Dynamite has created a new comic series starring the space adventure heroine and I am pleased to report that it is quite good. The art is lovely and Barbarella is charming, but what really hooks me is the science fiction. In the first issue, Barbarella has a mission on a planet run by religious zealots and as soon as they capture her, they remove her vagina to prevent her from acting out on her impure thoughts.
Now, I am not exactly sure how that works, but it doesn’t matter. It is a frightening/fascinating idea and one that stuck in my mind for quite a bit to come.
The whole series is like that. There was an story about a mystery on a freighter hauling planets. Another story dealt with claim jumpers on a world where they literally mine Time itself. The current story involves aliens who live inside stars. I miss when science fiction used to bring the wonder and Barbarella does that every week.
That is not to say there isn’t sex. There is plenty of sex to be had, but never in an unbelievable way. It is a science fiction story first, with the sexy bits added as garnish.
If you remotely like my Vaquel stories, then you should really check out the new Barbarella comic.