Big Issues: Space Battle Lunchtime cooks up a delightful queer cosmic adventure

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it’s Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 2: A Recipe For Disaster. Written and illustrated by Natalie Riess (Snarlbear), this collection wraps up a delectable story that offers an exciting twist on cooking shows with a queer romance at its center. (This review reveals major plot points.)

When I read the title of Natalie Riess’ Space Battle Lunchtime, I always hear it through the voice of a wrestling announcer, who yells each word at increasing volume with a slightly longer pause between each one. The “i” in “lunchtime” lasts for five seconds as a crowd cheers in the background, and the simple act of reading that strong title puts me in a headspace that gets me ready for the exciting thrills within. Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 2: A Recipe For Disaster opens with a two-page spread …

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