Joyride Is A Modern Love Letter To Classic Sci-Fi And Teenage Rebellion

The first issue of Joyride, from Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly and Marcus To, hit comic stores this week courtesy of Boom Studios, and it’s a modernised version of those classic tales of teens rebelling against the system. In this case, though, the “system” is the giant galaxy full of aliens they have escaped into, and the fascist Earth government that is determined to bring them back home. I’ve heard Joyride described as a “punk rock teenage Star Trek“, but I see a lot of classic sci-fi anime like Macross, Dirty Pair and Captain Harlock in there, as well as other TV series like Babylon 5 and Farscape. In fact, Joyride‘s biggest attraction so far is the already wonderfully realised, incredibly creative universe it takes place in. It’s almost the primary character, which tells us about the aforementioned teenaged rebels — Uma, Dewydd and Catrin — as they immediately cause trouble in said universe, make bad decisions, run from the law and generally raise intergalactic hell.

It’s a lot of fun, and there’s so much potential here that I highly recommend checking it out, or at least keeping an eye on it. In fact, even though it was announced as a limited series, Boom has already promoted it to an ongoing, purely on its reception so far! I think if you’ve missed those classic sci-fi series you grew up with, Joyride will likely be quite a joy indeed.