I wrote in my previous article, that there is much to love about the Farscape books and some things to dislike. Regardless, they are official canon, the grand story arc is written by Rockne O’Bannon and he said in a 2014 interview that the upcoming revival will take into account what transpires in the books. So they are must reads. The problem is that the original order of release did not exactly correspond with the plot developments, and buying them now means you can get lost. So there is a correct order to read them to understand fully what is going on.
The Farscape books are out of print and are only available second hand, except for the Omnibus which I will explain later, and prices vary widely based on sellers and availability. Each compendium book combines four single-issue comic books. You can find paper copies from private sellers who often want ridiculous prices for them. Best to just go for the kindle versions–the Omnibus then the individual issues as shown below.
Here is the order of the books to read them to make sense of the grand story arc:
First, read the three D’Argo books. The D’Argo books add little to the grand story arc but are fun because they are D’Argo and you learn a lot about him and his backstory. There are two separate stories that take place during the original TV series.
D’Argo 1 – D’Argo’s Lament. This story took place sometime during Season 3 of the TV series and involves D’Argo and Jool on a supply mission.
The next two books tell a story that took place between Seasons 3 and 4 of the original show. They explain where D’Argo went after the “burial” of Talyn and before he arrived at Arnessk.
D’Argo 2 – D’Argo’s Trial
D’Argo 3 – D’Argo’s Quest
Then go to the Farscape series of books:
The plot picks up the action a few days after the conclusion of the Peacekeeper Wars and continues the grand story arc. (No, the film is not the end.) If the Peacekeeper Wars was “Season 5,” then the books are “Season 6.”
3 – Gone and Back
4 – Tangled Roots
Better, you can purchase the Omnibus Vol. 1 which contains all of the above books. Depending on which private buyers are selling at the time, the individual books or the Omnibus may be cheaper. Either way, read D’Argo’s stories first. Omnibus Vol. 2 containing the rest of the compendium books was supposed to have been released December 2018 but was not. I wrote to Boom! multiple times asking for comments and they simply reply it is “on hold.” It is a shame the rights are controlled by a company that does not want to do anything with them. At least the individual issues (at a higher cost) are available on Kindle.
And here is where they trick you, you then need to next read the Scorpius series:
Physical books combining the eight original comics:
Scorpius 1 – Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Scorpius 2 – Glorious Basterds
Kindle individual comic editions (less expensive but obviously you need Kindle):
The Scorpius books both continue the grand story arc with a concurrent plot line and give us insights into who Scorpius is and how he thinks. I think we learn more about Scorpius here than any time other than, and perhaps even more than in the episode “Incubator” (3.11).
Then you pick up the action when the main and Scorpius plot lines combine in:
Then Boom Comics stopped publishing the Farscape compendium books and you have to find the single issues of The War for the Uncharted Territories #17 through #24. I post links to the Kindle electronic versions because no books are available. You can buy all of the single issues on Kindle for $1.99 each.
Good luck and enjoy! Please tell me what you think of the books. There are some debatable actions by the characters and the portrayal of some of them can be debated.
Oh, and if you are shopping for used paper copies, don’t be confused by different covers of the single issues. Boom! released several issues with alternative covers as “collectors” editions. Look to the issue numbers so you don’t buy duplicate issues unless you want to have the alternative covers.