In Review: Barbarella #1

Earth's star-crossed daughter is back!

Synopsis: Earth’s star-crossed daughter is back! When Barbarella wanders into a war zone, the theocratic rulers of Parosia arrest and imprison her. A prison break is brewing, but now that she knows what the Parosians do to their own citizens Barbarella decides to make this fight her own…

Review: To start this review. I have to make it known that my only exposure to Barbarella prior to this comic is the Jane Fonda movie, which was made in the 1960’s and inspired the music band, Duran Duran. He is not in this comic by the way. At least not yet.

Having just read this first issue. It makes me realize just how tame the movie was, which is quite odd because many considered it rather daring in the sixties when it was made.

The story sees Barbarella get herself arrested for the crimes of Harlotry and smuggling biological contraband, which basically translates to her having a vagina. It only gets worse from there on in because the punishment for these acts is the removal of said Vagina by loom and a 10-year prison sentence.

Writer Mike Carey has definitely caught the mood of Barbarella and captured her voice pretty well. And the setting of a planet, which seems to be so uptight that it removes the sexual organs of its inhabitants when they are children has absolutely no logic to it. How do they reproduce? Do they need a permit? Hopefully, we’ll find this out in the issues to come.

The story really picks up when Barbarella meets a spy from Earth called Quire, who reveals that Earth and Parosia are at war. Apparently, Earth broke one of Parosia’s sacred commandments.

The artwork by Kenan Yarar is pretty serviceable to the story. It’s not the best have seen, but it certainly isn’t the worst. The panels in which Barbarella is placed in the loom is well done and feels very 1960’s with its design.

Overall. I’m probably in for another issue to see how it goes. Overall it is pretty true to the Barbarella character and visual goes a little further than the movie could ever go.

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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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