In Review: The Orville #3: Heroes (Part 1 of 2)

Lieutenant Talla Keyali returns to a planet she surveyed as an Ensign, when scans suggest significant technological advances since her last visit, only to discover a spacefaring species has subjugated the locals.
Heroes

Synopsis: In Heroes. Lieutenant Talla Keyali returns to a planet she surveyed as an Ensign, when scans suggest significant technological advances since her last visit, only to discover a spacefaring species has subjugated the locals. Stymied by the Planetary Union’s hesitance to provoke hostilities, Talla must consider how far she’s willing to go to help these people and the repercussions of doing so.

 

The Story

Set after the events of season 2. Heroes is a character development arc for Talla Keyali, who joined Orville’s crew midway through the show’s second season. When The Orville returns to a planet that Talla visited as an Ensign. She finds that the peaceful planet has been enslaved by a visiting Alien Race. Talla is disgusted by this and the fact that Orville crew is unable to intervene.

Thankfully, an unofficial answer comes to Talla by way of the planet’s folk hero, which she plans to impersonate.

 

The Artwork

David Cabeza does a really good job of the artwork and manages to emulate much of the style and decor of the series as well as get character likenesses right. The colorwork by Michael Atiyeh really lifts Cabeza’s linework off the page. The final page is an absolute highlight.

 

Overall

This book is a nice addition to The Orville universe and set it after the events of season 2 is a great move. Especially given that the series hasn’t aired any new episodes since April of 2019. Furthermore, the fact that it is written by Executive Producer David A. Goodman lends some real credibility to it as Canon.

It’s obvious that this story is somewhat inspired by the TNG episode ‘Who Watches The Watchers’ and the writer makes little effort to hide this fact. Subsequently further highlighting how much The Orville was inspired by the second live-action Star Trek series. That said. It is a clever way to make use of Talla Keyali. A character that only joined the crew midway through the second series.

Overall. A pretty good story with some nice moments. Sure, it borrows from ‘Who Watches The Watchers’ but deviates enough to make it fresh.

9.6
The Orville #3: Heroes (Part 1 of 2)
  • Covers
    9.5
  • Story
    9.6
  • Artwork
    9.7
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    9.7

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net 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: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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