At long last, I’ve now finally managed to read the awesome SKY DOLL, art and story by Alessandro Barbucci and Barbara Canepa.
Evoking memories of all the great Euro Sci-fi I read throughout the 1980s and 1990s inside Heavy Metal magazine, Sky Doll also manages to be rather risqué with its’ visuals, which is something unexpected coming from a Marvel publication (under the co-operation of French publisher Soleil Productions).
However, Marvel has shown some self-censorship, by removing the nipple coloring from the original cover. Though, as far as I can tell, the interior pages are the same as seen in the original European printings.
This hardcover collects all three serialized issues of the comic, which were each double-sized length, making for an approx. 150 page story.
Noa is a Sky Doll, a life-like female android without rights, who exists only to serve the State’s needs and desires. She meets two so-called “missionaries” who aid in her escape from her tyrannical master, but all hell breaks loose as she uncovers clues that she may be much more than just a robotic toy.
Mostly surprising is the religious-political aspect of the story (somewhat echoing the film “The Fifth Element” in parts), but ultimately it’s how the characters re-act to each other which makes this a fantastic reading experience.
All characters are well defined in the saga and the artwork is simply beautiful. One brilliant aspect of each page, is the rounded word balloons, which helps give the comic are softer, less artificial world.
I really love Sky Doll. It fulfills just about everything I would want from this entertainment medium.
Finally, some credit is due for this English translation by C.B. Cebulski, who’s script is always humorous and clever.
9 out of 10.