The only time we see Jan and Jayce in their proper outfit…or age.

Space Ghost #6

FINAL ISSUE

DC Comics (June, 2005)

“Mortality”

WRITER: Joe Kelly

ARTIST: Ariel Olivetti

LETTERER: Richard Starkings

EDITOR: Joe Cavalieri

Thad has opted to attack the Zorathians and protect the people. While he mows down the insectoid horde Temple sets the core of the ark containing the next generation to explode, willing to have his final battle with his former protege. However, Thad has opted to put the rescue ahead of his revenge and sends himself, Temple, and the exploding ship into space before it takes out the citizens. Now free, the people of Lum and the planet are happy but the head honchos try to hush everything up since some of them have sent the Wrath to do things for them. Thad shows up at their meeting with Temple in custody, warning them to clean up their act, then takes the orphaned Jan and Jayce with him back to Salomon to start putting together the legend of the Space Ghost we all know and love.

That’s how long it took this book to finally be Space Ghost, the last issue. The story itself was quite good as Thad found his humanity again, arresting Temple rather than killing him…unlike the other Wrath members of his group that Thad already eliminated. I do like that he sees Tula’s ghost with the ghost of their unborn child happy to see he has once again become a good man, a symbol of his restored conscience and the completion of Thad’s arc. I almost teared up when I saw it.

The problem is that for those of us who grew up with the show, in my case in reruns as part of Hanna-Barbera’s World Of Super Adventure and the characters’ return on Space Stars, this doesn’t feel like the same show. The tone is wrong. The kids are too young and thus their personalities aren’t quite right. It’s all dark and gritty. It was the writer’s decision to have Thad’s wife and unborn son killed in a manner that wouldn’t work for a kids show, reimagined Zorak into something that would give kids nightmares, and put a body count in the hero’s origin story. If you’re one of those people who thinks a property should age with the audience who saw it rather than the intended age group…that means you think I shouldn’t have grown up with the original Space Ghost since that aired before I was born, and you were probably also not supposed to have a chance to see it. As I’ve said, you and I don’t need “our version” unless the version presented was or is “our version”. This wasn’t designed for kids in the 1960s, it was designed for kids, period.

That’s where I stand with this comic, the same place I stand with Man Of Steel. It’s a good superhero story but a terrible adaptation of a superhero that already existed. Most classic Space Ghost fans aren’t really going to get into this because of why they’re still a fan of the property. Otherwise, the story itself was rather good and if the character had been original I might have kept it in my collection. It’s like Kelley used a famous name as cheap promotion, though in this case I think he actually thought he was making a more adult version of a kids show when he should have been making a proper adaptation of that show and introduce a new generation to these characters.

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A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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