By: J. E. Young
Publisher: Graphic Universe
Publication Date: January 2011
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: May 2011
The ship was destined for Cygnus 7, a star system that would be orbited by a “planet as beautiful as Earth.” Because the planet was eons away it would be necessary to freeze the crew for the journey in a “cryogenic chamber.” It would be a chamber in which the sleep would be so deep that nothing would waken its inhabitants unless there was a dire emergency that needed to be dealt with immediately. You are being roused by an unexpected voice. “We have an emergency captain,” cries out Pixel. You vaguely remember that you have chosen a kid for an avatar, who in reality is a “hologram projected by the ship’s computer.” What is wrong? You are not the captain, but soon find out that from necessity you are.
The ship is careening through space toward a black hole and something must be done. You must begin to give orders or face imminent death. The realization that Pixel is in total command of the ship and “is the ship” is a stunning revelation. You can order the ship be shut down, but decide instead to head for the bridge to see if there is an alternative. An evil intruder, Officer Nyche, is hard at work sabotaging the controls and bypassing Pixel. More people must be awoken, but Nyche has somehow hidden the information from Pixel. You need the disks, but don’t want to face the wrath of an evil, dangerous man. What will you do? Have you got the guts to save the ship?
This Twisted Journey will take you into the outer reaches of space and beyond. Everyone will experience this “journey” in a different way. In fact, the story you may choose to read may not even look like the one I chose, nor have the same ending. The first path I chose almost immediately slammed the door on my adventure simply because I chose a path a bit too twisted to continue. I’ve traveled through a few tales in this series, Twisted Journeys, and have enjoyed them all. What I like about them is that the reader can choose the journey. This book is fraught with danger, black holes, twisted, frightening aliens, and plenty of adventure.
Quill says: This is an amazing graphic novel in which you must “face your fate.” Have you got the nerve?