In Review: Space Bandits #1

Mark Millar's latest collaboration with Netflix blends Sci-Fi with Girl Power

Synopsis: Thena Khole and Cody Blue are among the universe’s most wanted felons. Each the leader of their own criminal ops, they run heists across the galaxies—hopping from ship to ship to fleece everyone inside. But when both women are betrayed by their crews, the bandits only have one thing on their minds: REVENGE.

Review: Mark Millar’s latest collaboration with Netflix blends science fiction with Girl Power and 80s references as we are introduced to a couple of the galaxies most wanted felons.

The Story

We hit the road running as we get introduced to both Thena Khole and Cody Blue as they are on the job. Cody is the first character we meet as she is running an op to rip-off a luxury cruiser called The Lionel Ritchie.  Then we meet Thena Khole who is running a regular scam with her boyfriend.

This opening issue shows us how both characters get screwed over by their respective gangs.

The Artwork

The artwork is fantastic. I really liked Matteo Scalera’s character drawings for both Thena and Cody. Both have a certain seedy look to them, which really helps sell readers on the idea that these two women are not to be messed with.

I loved the panel work in this first issue and was particularly blown away by the drawing of several of Cody’s gang members riding space cycles.


This is a very strong first issue and I look forward to seeing what Netflix will do with this regardless of whether it will be a movie or a limited series. As most people will know. I’m a huge fan of Space Opera’s irrespective or whether it be Star Wars, Star Trek or Blake’s 7.

For me, this comic series ticks a few of those boxes but also gives us some fun and unique characters along the way.

I also really enjoyed the various 80s references throughout the book. For example, Molly Ringwald has a street named after her on one of the planets that we get to visit in this issue.

I look forward to seeing how this story will unfold in the months to come.

Space Bandits #1
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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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