COSMIC CADETS: BOOK ONE/ Script by BEN CRANE/ Art by MIMI ALVES/ Colors by PRISCILLA TRAMONTANO/ Published by TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS
The ESS Khonsu is an exploration vessel, charged with exploring the galaxy, finding unknown alien races, and making first contact. It is also home to a number of students, the children of the crew, who are getting real-world experience on the new frontier.
Jimmil is a bookish young man, whose studious nature is often at odds with the expectations of his mother, the Khonsu’s captain. However, when he and his friends discover evidence of an alien race the ship’s scanners overlooked and the adults are endangered, it will fall to the Cosmic Cadets to save the day and prevent an intergalactic war!
It would be easy to dismiss Cosmic Cadets as a kid-friendly take-off on a certain space franchise involving exploration. Certainly the idea of kids in space has been done before by other comics. Thankfully, Ben Crane’s script is smarter than that and Mimi Alves’ artwork is inventive. The colors by Priscilla Tramontano are also good. I personally found Cosmic Cadets to be the most enjoyable thing this side of Spaceman Spiff and it is 100% free of Wil Wheaton whining. Highly recommended!
Cosmic Cadets: Book One releases on April 25, 2023.