Sifting for Gold #9

In a world where aliens are everywhere and the only outfit a woman can wear is a bikini, there is one pursuer of justice, one hero, one female named:

Tarah 2000 #1 (1992)

Tarah 2000 is a self published book that was made with the clear intent of continued story. However, that did not happen. At all. Enough of that though, onto the cover! We have a girl who clearly needs a sandwich and her alien/Dalek sidekick floating in front of Earth which is getting ingested by some sort of green 6-legged spider (that doesn't even make sense...). It is clear from this cover that the caption above the title will be accurate: "A babe gone bad on a world gone wild".

The story opens up in San Francisco during the year 2138. It turns out a human female and a little lizard guy have blown up one of the city's power generators. The (probably corrupt) power company is obviously pissed so they send some goons out to find these saboteurs. The saboteurs turn out to be Tarah (the human) and Ren (the lizard thing). After travelling to Las Vegas (which goes totally unexplained) they more or less get immediately pulled into a spaceship via tractor beam by the power company's Vegas connection, Mr. Bosco. It turns out Mr. Bosco wants to hire them instead of turn them over but Tarah won't have that so her and Ren beat the snot out of everyone in the ship and kidnap Mr. Bosco. As they are making their escape one of the power company's employees who is on the ship for some reason hits Tarah over the head with his gun which leaves Ren to fight their way off the ship. ISSUE OVER!

The art is alright. The characters are only ever drawn with angry faces. Human figures are almost completely replaced with aliens with the exception of Tarah and Mr. Bosco. A lot of the aliens are very similar in design (possibly intentionally, we will never know) with differences ranging between antennae length and number of face wrinkles. Mr. Bosco just looks like an oil tycoon but Tarah has ribs protruding almost all of the time and her breasts are drawn at a variety of different sizes. Backgrounds and shading are mostly non existent minus some black spots and a couple extra lines.

You know, all in all this was a pretty cool attempt to break into what was (at the time) a much more exclusive industry. One man wrote and drew this book directly for distribution through local comic book stores without even having a publication imprint. That's neat! There are a couple plot holes and some illustrative inconsistencies and a few other goofy features, but still an admirable attempt. I can't wait until Tarah 2000 shows up in the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

If I were to pick two panels to sum up this issue, they'd have to be:

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