Wild Space Saga is a massive, sprawling webcomic trilogy by Brandon Hill, author of From Slate to Crimson and The World of Five Nations series, and co-writer and artist Terence “Pegasus” Elliot, weaving an epic tale of mankind’s struggle to survive in a far-flung sector of space in the distant future, against impossible odds. The universe of Wild Space Saga has many tales to tell, fraught with adventure, romance, and tragedy. Tales of Wild Space brings to light the untold tales of this universe in times both past and present.
The Hunter and the Tiger
Ni’Linya, a indentured Feylan pleasure girl is the only friend in the life of Cole, a world-weary human assassin for the Second Imperium. For the past four years, each finished job takes him back to the penthouses of Xiao, and into the arms of his “Tiger”: the beautiful female to whom he pours out his heart, and whose bed he shares. As they indulge their nights, his Tiger sweetly calls him “Hunter,” and to his chagrin, refuses his money until the events surrounding one fateful mission to a hostile planet bring about revelations and changes in the small world of the star-crossed couple, both tragic and blessed.
Combat Pay Blues
Desperate for the considerable pay offered by a shady android, Isibar, a freelance spy for the Planetary Alliance and sometimes space pirate, takes on an assignment that no one has yet been brave (or crazy) enough to accept: infiltrating the reclusive world of Icona, the heart of the despotic, expansionist Second Imperium, in order to divulge their deepest, darkest secrets and ensure the safety of the free human worlds. Despite its initial ease, Isibar soon learns that this is a job that comes with far more hitches than he ever bargained for, and reveals far more sinister goings-on than he ever would have ever imagined.
Her Hand in Mine
Zynj used to be the shining capital planet of all human worlds until that fragile First Imperium fractured in a series of horrific wars. Now it is a burnt, polluted husk, with all humans living in underground cities and scrapping the once proud cities of the surface for raw materials to sell off-world. On this planet of provincial attitudes, Jules Galway, a lonely scrap hauler, reunites with Sar'vana Van, a Felyan friend from his childhood, who has returned with her people for routine maintenance on the systems that keep life for humans possible on the ruined world. The two happily continue their relationship where it left off ten long years ago, only to discover that in spite of the purist ways of Jules’s society, their feelings have grown beyond the puppy love of their youth. On a world that chafes under the fact that they live by alien charity, Jules and Sar’vana, having lived mutually peaceful lives until now, are exposed to internal and external perils they never thought would find them.
Now I'm something of a hopeless romantic so I don't know if this review's gonna come off as a little biased or what, but this... this is just... Wow!
For only £1.99 you get three exceptionally well-written, often heartwarming romance tales, each with their own exquisite twists and turns straight out of a movie.
I won't go into too much detail here 'cause I don't wanna spoil anything, but you're in for a real treat if you love romance. And sci-fi, that is.
The first two tales are relatively short, while the third spans quite a few chapters. Still good, though.
I'd say the third tale, Her Hand in Mine, is definitely my favourite of the bunch. Despite being the longest, it's also the sweetest of the three. It's two childhood sweethearts, one an alien, who meet again many years later, only to really fall in love this time, much to the extreme chagrin of his people; a colony of genetic purists.
Now I know this concept may seem a little familiar, but the author really gives it his all and delivers.
What else can I say without spoiling it for potential readers? It really is worth a look.
I, for one, can't wait to see what's next for this universe!