No matter how much we want it to be true, no matter how many reports we hear of a finished script, and even though most, if not all, of the key cast members have said that they’re down, we’re not going to get see Galaxy Quest 2 anytime soon. That’s just a sad fact of life we’re going to have to get used to. We don’t have to like it—if there was any justice in the world the film would have been a massive box office smash and we’d be complaining about too many sequels—but if we spend too much time dwelling on it, we’ll just drive ourselves nuts. That said, we can experience new adventures of the crew of the NSEA Protector, though it is in comic book form, and now you can check out the first few pages of the inaugural issue.
Issue number one of the IDW series, Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues, has finally arrived in comic book stores and various online retailers across the land, and just in case you have any hesitations about picking this up, they’ve released this handful of pages, as well as a couple variant covers.
This new saga is written by Erik Burnham (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The X-Files, Ghostbusters) with art by Nacho Arranz (Dungeons & Dragons). Here is the official synopsis:
Once upon a time, a troupe of has-been actors that starred on an old sci-fi show were enlisted by an alien race to save them from an intergalactic tyrant. Despite being way out of their depth, the cast somehow managed to save the aliens and stay alive… but their actions in outer space may have had dire consequences for another world. Join us this January as the cast of GALAXY QUEST returns for another bombastic journey into space!
For those of you unfamiliar with Galaxy Quest, you’re missing out on one of the best, most entertaining love letters to geek culture you’ll ever come across. The story follows the cast of a Star Trek-esque series. Their glory days behind them, they now attend cons and deal with minutia-obsessed fans, but when an alien race, who thinks the show is real and have based their entire civilization on the episodes, the cast finds themselves in deep space, battling evil forces, trying to become the heroes they played on TV. It’s fun, funny, inventive, and heartfelt all at the same time.
Does this new comic live up to high bar set by Galaxy Quest? Check it out for yourself below.