Chris Sheridan is a writer and artist. He has contributed to Usagi Yojimbo and Plants vs Zombies. He is probably best known for his graphic novel, Motorcycle Samurai.
Spacebat is a formidable warrior, but also something of a misanthropic loner. He is a former agent for “The Ministry,” a warrior with formidable skills. He is old and tired. The series starts with him alone on Zearth, a wasteland planet. Giant robots sent to subdue/capture him fall before his strength, skills, and Ion Sword.
He ends up captured by three children. Far from ordinary, these children are a telepath with other psychic talents, a demolitions expert, and an expert on “non-linear strategy.” Although they are all individuals, they have joined together for protection and refer to themselves as “The Fugitives.”
Although Spacebat is initially dismissive of them (in part due to their age), they soon bond as a group. They will combat numerous robots, a mad scientist, evil super-telepaths, and more, as they move through the galaxy looking for a doomsday device.
The book appears to be written for a Teen/Young Adult (YA) audience, but there is more depth to it than that. The characters are slightly derivative, but they are well constructed. His characters grow, and they are three-dimensional. His dialogue is strong; Spacebat sounds like a world-weary old soldier talking to adolescents, who speak like typical adolescents. Despite the techno-jargon and the science-fiction scenario, Sheridan is equally skilled as an artist. His style is very cartoon-like, with a bold use of line and movement.
Overall, this graphic novel transcends the Teen/YA label. The story is engaging, the characters are well-developed, and the artwork is solid.
Written & Illustrated by: Chris Sheridan