Fusion

 FUSI   (Eclipse, 1987-1989)

™ and ©1987 LX Ltd.

(From the Slings & Arrows Comic Guide)

Fusion is a space opera that follows the adventures of the cargo ship Tsunami, crewed by a mixture of humans (Indio, Dow Cook) and animalistic aliens (Haven, a bird, Tan, a squirrel, Alshain, a cat, Herrick, a flightless bird and Carz, a lion). “The Soulstar Commission” in #1–5 sets the tone for the whole series: conflict, tragedy and betrayal as the Tsunami becomes caught in a war over a Royal House. Thereafter the stories concentrate as much as possible on characterisation, losing the plot to an extent that isn’t helped by the almost constant shifting of writers from issue #6. Originally written by Steve Barnes (#1–5), the following twelve issues credit no less than six different writers, including Steve Gallacci (#7–9, 16–17) and Christy Marx (#14–15). Most of the artwork’s by Gallacci and Lela Dowling, neither of whose work is particularly bold or dynamic. Better than the lead feature are Ken Macklin’s clever backups Dr. Watchstop in #1–5 and #7–8, and The Weasel Patrol (#5–17). The latter is a deliciously frenzied comedy shoot-em-up featuring armed and dangerous, but mostly stupid anthropomorphic characters. Check Fusion out for the backups. ~NF

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#1

  1/1/1987
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B&WSteven Barnes, Ken MacklinSteven A. Gallacci, Lela Dowling, Ken Macklin

#2

  3/1/1987
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B&WSteven BarnesLela Dowling, Steven A. Gallacci

#3

  5/1/1987
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B&WSteven BarnesLela Dowling, Steven A. Gallacci

#4

  7/1/1987
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B&WSteven BarnesLela Dowling, Steven A. Gallacci

#5

  9/1/1987
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B&WSteven BarnesLela Dowling, Steven A. Gallacci

#6

  11/1/1987
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#7

  1/1/1988
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B&WSteven A. GallacciLela Dowling, Steven A. Gallacci

#8

  3/1/1988
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B&WSteven A. GallacciLela Dowling, Steven A. Gallacci

#9

  5/1/1988
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B&WSteven A. Gallacci, Ken MacklinLela Dowling, Steven A. Gallacci

#10

  7/1/1988
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Wraparound cover; B&WMichael Reaves, Ken Macklin, Dave SimonsJoe Pearson, Tim Burgard, Dave Simons, Lela Dowling

#11

  9/1/1988
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B&WPeter Morwood, Michael Reaves, Ken MacklinLela Dowling, Steven A. Gallacci

#12

  11/1/1988
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#13

  1/1/1989
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B&W  

#14

  3/1/1989
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B&WAxel Shaikman, Christy Marx, Stev Gallacci, Ken MacklinLarry Dixon, Judy Meadows, Lela Dowling

#15

  5/1/1989
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B&WAxel Shaikman, Christy MarxJudy Meadows, Larry Dixon, Lela Dowling, Steven A. Gallacci

#16

  7/1/1989
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#17

  9/1/1989
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