Betrayals And A Whole Lot Of Violence Are On Tap In Wasted Space #7

by James Ferguson

Billy’s quest to kill the Creator continues, but not without some philosophical discussions with Molly.  Their destinies are linked, but they’re coming at it from very different perspectives, which makes for some interesting chats.  These aren’t the only heady conversations going on.  Dust is grappling with Molly’s vision of violence and betrayal from his love, Fury. There’s a lot for this crew to figure out if they’re going to save Molly’s brother and secure a nuke.

Some of the dialogue in Wasted Space can get a little deep. Presented on its own, it might seem a little overwhelming.  Writer Michael Moreci manages to weave this into the story organically, simultaneously moving the story forward, developing the characters, and giving us a lot to think about. This gives you an idea of the size and scope of Wasted Space. There’s a lot to dig into. This is the kind of stuff that benefits from multiple readings.

There’s much to say about destiny in Wasted Space #7. Billy has been fighting his for most of his life.  Now Dust is in a position to fight it too, although through his lover, Fury. He wants nothing more than for them to live and love together, but that is no easy task given their predisposition towards violence. Dust shares a bond with Billy that doesn’t extend to Fury. This leads to a pretty explosive confrontation.

Artist Hayden Sherman continues to impress in Wasted Space. His style is perfect for the tone of the book, giving it a gritty feel that is futuristic, but not unrealistic. It’s the same kind of tone as Star Wars, like the 1970s version of the future even though the book is made in the late 2010s.

If the sci-fi designs weren’t enough to remind you that we’re in a galaxy far, far away, letterer Jim Campbell reinforces this with some unique word balloons for the alien creatures. There’s one early in the issue with balloons that almost look like Swiss cheese, with pieces missing from them. This instantly conveys a foreign and…well…alien voice.

Fury’s character design is a definite favorite. You can’t go wrong with a giant metal jaw.  It instantly creates a menacing and intimidating demeanor, even in the more somber moments, like when she’s cuddling with Dust. This is a little humorous here, but so very terrifying when she turns her anger up.  There’s one panel in particular that stands out, as she glares with rage from the shadows. Her eyes are burning with such intensity.

Colorist Jason Wordie adds to this, surrounding Fury in red when she enters her angry mode. There’s a great sequence she she’s wrestling with her emotions. The background is yellow as she closes her eyes and it’s replaced with a violent red when she opens them. It’s like we’re seeing the world from her perspective and it’s through a rage-hued lens.

Wasted Space is building and building upon its mythos. Billy is at its center and he presents this interesting dynamic because he’s far from what most would consider a hero. I’d hesitate to call him an anti-hero either.  He’s kind of a jerk, but the things he’s been through almost justify his demeanor. Now think of what he’s going to do once he gets his hands on a nuke.

Wasted Space #7 from Vault Comics is currently available at your local comic shop.

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