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Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai - It’s become fairly well-known that Samuel L. Jackson is a huge fan of comics. Between Afro Samurai and Unbreakable to pretty much becoming Nick Fury, it’s obvious the guy has a serious love for the medium—so really, coming out with his own series was just a matter of time.

Cold Space is published by BOOM! Studios and co-created by Afro Samurai partner Eric Calderon. It’s a sort of space western starring Mulberry, a familiar-looking loner out to make a quick buck.

Samuel L. Jackson provides a great introduction about his love for comics and the impetus behind the creation of Cold Space. His persona really jumps off the page, and he does a great job of getting the reader pumped to read the series—which, I guess, is the idea behind that sort of thing.

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Cold Space begins (predictably) in space, with Samuel L. Jackson Mulberry being pursued by space cops. Soon, they all crash onto a dumpy sort of moon, where the rest of the story plays out. The moon they land on has a decidedly western feel to it, and most of the action stems from the rivalry between the town’s two gangs. Each seeks to recruit Mulberry to tip the balance of power—yada yada yada.

Jackson mentioned in the intro that since he’d “already been in the Star Wars universe,”—what a life, right?—he wanted Cold Space to feel run-down and gritty. That got my hopes up for some noir-style action, and frankly those hopes were dashed. The art, provided by Jeremy Rock, felt cartoony rather than gritty, and the story was more action than noir.

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