Outer space in 2D: The Orville gets its very own comic book

(cover image via Gizmodo (c) Dark Horse Comics)

The first of these “episodes” starts with The Orville #1: New Beginnings Part 1 (of two). On their way to a fleet conference, Ed and Gordon investigate a distress signal from a century-old buoy belonging to a Union ship. Back on the Orville, Kelly tries to mediate when Bortus insists on enrolling Topa into school despite him being only a few months old.

The second “episode” begins with The Orville #3: The Word of Avis Part 1 (of two) which sees the Orville intercept a small Union ship en route to the interstellar territory of the easily aggravated Krill. The passengers, originally thought to be a group of xenoanthropologists, turn out to be much, much more interesting and dangerous than the crew of the Orville could’ve imagined. (synopsis via Gizmodo)

One of my great viewing delights this year has been finally getting around to watch Seth Macfarlane’s homage to Star Trek, The Orville.

At once, both a parody and view much its own brilliantly-executed space operative TV show, The Orville is a pleasure to watch because it somehow manages to be both irreverently-funny, heartfelt and meaningful, often within the same scene.

It’s a feat of masterful storytelling and very clever writing that, like any TV show, doesn’t have unlimited episodes which you keep watching until your eyeballs happily bleed.

This is where the new comic books from Dark Horse Comics, the first issue of which drops 17 July, will be so welcome.

Sitting snugly time-wise between seasons 1 and 2, the comics will give us some extra time with the very-relatable crew who might solve all kinds of galactic dilemmas but are also shown eating, going to the toilet, and clock-watching until the end of the shift arrives.

It’s exotic and delightfully humdrum all at once and who doesn’t want more of that?

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