First Impressions is a column where we review comic books that meet two criteria: they must be Comixology Submit titles (self-published digital books) and they must be a first issue. The comic book genre is a treasure trove of creativity even outside established publishers–you owe it to yourself to check out some of these gems. First up, we review Andrew Jackson in Space.
This space adventure is brought to us by writer Brian Visaggio and the artist team of Jason Smith on inks and colors by Harold Saxon. After a one page introduction that sets up the series as a mix of Buck Rogers and Quantum Leap, we’re thrust into the action of reluctant royalty perhaps-Queen Elida Bel-Ior who has been captured by the revolutionary police of her exiled home world and brought to trial as an excuse to eliminate the entire royal bloodline. Andrew Jackson, in a bit of a hard luck after a space cruiser deal gone bad, senses opportunity and comes to the aid of his former ally/enemy. This sets up the inevitable against-all-odds confrontation that the cover promises and the book delivers.
The panels from Smith and Saxon are light and amusing, the exact right tone for a whimsical space adventure. And Visaggio delivers on the high notes of your space-swashbuckler. The additional element of our protagonist being the actual Andrew Jackson is amusing and promising–we get a few moments of the real seventh President being stuck far from home.
There’s also more than a few moments that hint at a more complicated friendship than your typical buddy adventure. These are exactly the kinds of characters we want to see more of in space adventures.
I’m looking forward to seeing more of the story develop, especially the relationship between our two leads, and I’m especially interested in learning more about why Visaggio picked Andrew Jackson as his space cowboy. Sure, Jackson makes a lot more sense than Millard Fillmore or James Madison (and don’t even get me started on John Quincy Adams), but for now we’re stuck in a bit of a “Wait, this is seriously Andrew Jackson stuck in space?” Jackson is a controversial President and individual so the selection can’t be accidental. I can’t wait to find out why this particular future President was chosen. Check out this first issue and you’ll want to know why as well.
Score: 8 out of 10 banished future Presidents