STATION: graphic novel locked-room mystery on the Int'l Space Station

STATION, a taut locked-room murder mystery set about the International Space Station meets and exceeds Boom! comics' normal high standard for graphic novels. Writer Johanna Stokes and illustrator Leno Carvalho turn the screws on the dramatic tension on every page, leaving you to figure out who killed the Russian scientist on EVA -- the American space-tourist? The visiting Italian and Japanese astronauts? Or was it one of the Russians or Americans on-board? And who keeps sabotaging the life-support?

Stokes is a writer on the Sci-Fi Channel's show EUREKA, and she plots like a TV drama writer -- lots of twists and turns, snappy dialog and quick, deft characterization. Carvalho's art complements the writing nicely, skipping from an expressive, impressionistic to a highly detailed hyperrealism that captures both the claustrophobia of the ISS and the terrifying vastness of space.



  1. So, I see this, and all I can think of is Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.

    You’d think after all this time, those particular brain synapses would have been re-used to remember my kid’s birthday or at least killed off by beer.

  2. Lettuce, I thought I was the only one who made that deranged association.

    I may have to check this one out — seems like quite an achievement to present a murder mystery set in space in comic book format.

  3. @2, nerds have nothing to do with that decision. That’s studio executives trying to find a way to put a trademark on sci fi. In any case, it will all be wrestling and movies-of-the-week in less than 18 months.

    Oh wait…

  4. “So, I see this, and all I can think of is Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.”

    Exactly what my first thought was.

  5. Bill and Ted… likewise! My first thought… was the droning overtone voice STA-A-A-A-Tion. Sigh. It’s stuck in there with a thousand simpsons references all hard wired in there during those precious developmental years.

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