Sci-fi is a vast genre of ships, lasers, robots and aliens. One thing thatâ€™s missing from this genre is stoners just trying to get somewhere and do every drug in the galaxy. Enter â€œVoid Tripâ€ written by Ryan Oâ€™Sullivan and art by Plaid Klaus and youâ€™ve one ride.
Ana and Gabriel are two intergalactic stoners who are trying to get to â€œEuphoria,â€ a planet that is considered â€œthe promised land.â€ Of course, Ana crashes their ship (which looks like the Winnebago from â€œSpaceballsâ€) and now they have to have it fixed. Of course, Ana sees this as a more of a â€œthe journey is better than the destinationâ€ thing.
This is an absolutely brilliant idea. The characters donâ€™t have any special powers or skills or are highly trained anything. Theyâ€™re just two stoners trying to get somewhere. This just screams of 1960s/1970s America where hippies moved en masse to California because it was the place to be.
The best way to describe what weâ€™ve got here is what if â€œCheech and Chongâ€ were in space and replace one of them with a female. Gabriel is Cheech because heâ€™s more of a straight man and Ana is Chong because heâ€™s the biggest stoner. It may not have the humor of those movies, but it does come off as a sci-fi straight version of it.
Klausâ€™s art gives a nice touch to the story. The human designs are nice even though some of the facial expressions are a bit odd. The art shines brightly when it comes to the aliens. These aliens are awesome looking, especially the trucker character. Heâ€™s basically this giant bear thing and it moves exactly like how a humanoid bear would move and look without looking like a â€œDisneyâ€ character. The use of color to set the lighting and mood of each scene is also another strong example of Klausâ€™s skill. However, the android, on the other hand, is pretty boring.
â€œVoid Tripâ€ has a simple, different and awesome idea and the story and art bring it out perfectly. Thereâ€™s a lot a bunch of stoners with a ship and the comic does offer a reason for readers to want to read the series and greatly enjoy it.