Returning to Strange Science Fantasy raises a question about expectation. The first issue ends with a “to be continued.” How does a story without characters get one interested enough to come back? I didn’t really see what Morse could do with that story, certainly not for five more issues.
Well, he doesn’t continue it (this issue’s story does not have a “to be continued”). Instead, he starts with a cross between Japanese samurai movies and giant monster movies. Then he introduces a mythology about intergalactic stone beings. About halfway through the story, it’s progressed to the point I had to force myself to remember to started as this tonal fifties and sixties thing, then Morse makes his own way.
The storytelling is grandiose; relating to the characters, even if they had dialogue, would be impossible. Morse does a fine job in those constraints.
Lovely one page retelling from Pope too.
Survival!; writer, artist, colorist and letterer, Scott Morse. …And The Cosmic Mind Cried…; writer, artist and letterer, Paul Pope. Colorist, Morse; editor, Bob Schreck; publisher, IDW Publishing.