Joyride Is a Modern Love Letter to Classic Scifi and Teenage Rebellion

Let me be clear: Joyride is a comic, even though that’s a video trailer for it above. The first issue, from Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, and Marcus To, hits comic stores today courtesy of Boom Studios, and it’s a modernized version of those classic tales of teens rebelling against the system. In this case, though, the “system” is the giant galaxy full of aliens they’ve escaped into, and the fascist Earth government that is determined to bring them back home.

I’ve heard Joyride described as a “punk rock teenage Star Trek” but I see a lot of classic scifi anime like Macross, Dirty Pair, and Captain Harlock in there, as well as other TV series like Babylon 5 and Farscape. In fact, Joyride’s biggest attraction so far is the already wonderfully realized, incredibly creative universe it takes place in. It’s almost the primary character, which tells us about the aforementioned teenaged rebels—Uma, Dewydd and Catrin—as they immediately cause trouble in said universe, make bad decisions, run from the law, and generally raise intergalactic hell.


It’s a lot of fun, and there’s so much potential here that I highly recommend checking it out, or at least keeping an eye on it. In fact, even though it was announced as a limited series, Boom has already promoted it to an ongoing, purely on its reception so far! I think if you’ve missed those classic scifi series you grew up with, Joyride will likely be quite a joy indeed.

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Rob Bricken was the Editor of io9 from 2016-18, and currently writes the column "Nerd Processor" on Medium. It, like everything else he's ever written, is about nerd stuff.