REVIEW: ‘Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted,’ Issue #10

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Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted #10

Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted #10 is published by Starburns Industries Press, written by Ben Kahn (Heavenly Blues), with art by Bruno Hildago (Heavenly Blues), colors assists by James Peñafiel, and letters by Sal Cipriano. Previously, Gryffen was abandoned by their crew. At the end of the world, without the support of their team, Gryffen faced her doppelganger after it was revealed that the Gryffen we have been following is from an alternate universe. Now, in Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted #10, Gryffen has been captured yet again and comes to face to face with their doppelganger’s former love, Admiral Hunter.

Hunter and Gryffen’s viewpoints are worlds apart. Admiral Hunter, a member of the Reach, is a fascist deadset on spreading the Reach’s totalitarian message across the cosmos. Meanwhile, Gryffen and their team of outlaws have worked tirelessly to undo the Reach’s progress. Nonetheless, because of the history Hunter has with her universe’s Gryffen, she struggles to give up on the Captain. During the tense exchange between the two, Hunter was always torn with her romantic feelings often clouding her judgment.

Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted #10

Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted #10 continues the excellent space adventures the previous issues started. The revelation of the last issue, explaining the complicated relationships with Gryffen and other characters, has escalated the drama. At its heart, the series is a space epic that seems to take inspiration from Saga and more notably, Star Wars. That being said, it is also uniquely its own because of Gryffen. They are such a unique and boisterous character that brings a lot of heart and energy to the panels.

Hildago matches that energy with his artwork and coloring, with the assistance of Peñafiel. The issue is bright to look at and has an aesthetic somewhere between John Wick and Star Wars. The cluttered spaceships never feel dull or grey because of how colorful the characters are. Between Gryffen’s bright pink hair and the various action-focused panels colored in yellow to better highlight the gore on the page, Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted #10 is a vivid issue.

Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted is a special series that captures the chaotic energy of space operas while also focusing on unique characters. While it is not the main plot point, it is impossible to talk about this issue or the series without giving credit to the Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted fantastic LGBTQ+ representation. In addition to having a non-binary main character, the series also takes time to focus on Gryffen’s relationships with men and women. Finding non-binary characters in comics in incredibly rare as is finding good representations of LGBTQ+ relationships. Anyone looking for media featuring queer romances should absolutely be reading this series. Overall, Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted #10 knocks it out of the park yet again and sets up more of the epic adventure we are bound to see future issues.

Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted #9 is available now online.

Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted #10
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TL;DR

Overall, Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted #10 knocks it out of the park yet again and sets up more of the epic adventure we are bound to see future issues.