Reading to me has to include variety, so I often sample comics that don’t follow the standard longjohns (superhero) formula. One franchise that does this superbly is The Perhapanauts by Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau, currently with Image Comics.
Here’s the description for the fifth issue, in stores as of Wednesday, June 5: “THE AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURE Conclusion! The Incredible Finale!! It all comes crashing together here! The stunning Conclusion that just wrecks the place! We’ve been building to this climax for five issues and you WON’T be disappointed! Also, look at those freakin’ variant covers!!! Plus, a startling epilogue that you won’t be forgetting anytime soon! Be there!”
One of the variant covers is from Walt Simonson, a comics legend who worked on Thor for Marvel and several titles for DC Comics as well. You can check it out below!
So, just who are The Perhapanauts? According to their website, “There are places in this world where the fabric of reality has worn thin, where strange and terrible creatures have crossed over to lurk in the shadows and the night. There is an organization dedicated to finding these creatures and sending them back whence they came, sealing the rift behind them, and maintaining the integrity of those borders. The organization is called BEDLAM. Its agents are … The PERHAPANAUTS!”
Well, there’s Arisa the psychic, and Big, a Bigfoot who also happens to be a genius, Choopie the Goatsucker, MG the mystery man you want to have around you if you get into a fight, Molly the ghost, and Karl the Mothman. You won’t find a more unique bunch of heroes anywhere else in comics!
Dezago and Rousseau create new stories of the Perhapanauts when they aren’t working on other comics projects, so we don’t get their adventures as often as I’d like. But they are clearly worth the wait!
The scripts are fast-paced with action interspersed with character moments. The art is clear and easy to understand, so I always enjoy reading these miniseries.
The current story is called “Danger Down Under,” and the Perhapanauts are split up. There’s trouble in Australia, so the book splits it’s attention among the various members and introduces some new unusual “monsters” as well. Each issue has had up to three ongoing tales happening, so there’s been plenty to follow!
This is the last issue of the current miniseries, and a lot wraps up. What’s good is that not everything does, so there are plot threads dangling for future adventures. I always like that in a comic! That means there are places to go!
There’s been a four-month delay since the fourth issue, so I’m really anxious to see how this all concludes. If you can’t find back issues, you can pick up the trade paperback when it arrives, sometime in the next several months!
Don’t miss this wonderful, whimsical adventure as it comes to its conclusion! The Perhapanauts always are an enjoyable read, so I highly recommend them!
You can check out one of the three covers below: