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Canopus #1 (of 4)

WRITER: Dave Chisholm
ILLUSTRATOR: Dave Chisholm
AGE RANGE: General Adult
GENRE: Science Fiction
SRP: $3.99
FORMAT: Comic Book 
PAGE COUNT: 32
DM PUB DATE: February 19, 2020
ITEM CODE: DEC191848
PUBLISHER: Scout Comics

In the opening pages of CANOPUS we meet Helen, a lone astronaut in a crashed ship on a distant moon, and Arther, her cute AI assistant. She doesn’t remember how she got here, only that she has to repair the ship and that the fate of humanity is at stake. When Helen and Arther have to go searching for materials they need to make repairs, they stumble into a pit full of discarded toys from Earth, an alien monster, and then things really start to get weird.

Dave’s story is personal and internal, exploring Helen’s psyche and emotional state, but it’s expansive sci-fi, as well, involving deep space exploration and human folly at a global scale. The art packs a punch, as Dave uses comics panels much like he uses notes in a trumpet performance, dotting the pages with miniature moments to build a story that’s more pointedly emotional than straight-ahead narrative.

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