100 Strips. 100 Mondays. This 100 word review of 100 Planets.
Englishman Daniel Merlin Goodbrey contemplates the planets we have yet to find, those we have found and those we wish to forget. Strips are formatted beautifully — not in lined panels but on the face of the damn planet itself with the trail of a rocketship leading you in the correct reading direction. (This is important in the Planet that [Perpetually] Lets You Down). The strip is not hung up on continuity, other than the conventions of the planet shaped panels, and one strip may occasionally wink to another. Even the characters have round, planet shaped heads!
Goodbrey, also known as E-merl, is a man of many media talents and while the whole comic is a series of gags with flat, graphic art, the concepts sing, making the readers chuckle, groan and cross that planet off the interstellar maps tucked in the dashboard of their own Ford rocketships.
The planets created by Goodbrey remind me of Piers Anthony’s moon that circles Ida’s head (read Faun & Games). Characters explore Ida’s moon only to discover that there is an Ida on there with a planet circling her head. The Escher-born nightmare is investigated but the fun part is finding out how each planet it different: like how traveling north ages you while traveling south makes you younger. That’s what is so amusing about 100 Planets. But I digressed past one hundred words a long time ago….
Political, blasphemous, and cat-ridden, I will be all too sorry when this strip ends in sixteen Mondays but luckily, Goodbrey is constantly coming up with new ways to write and make innovative comics.