This is the most essential Graphic Novel you've never read.
Blasting off first in the early 80's, STARSTRUCK was easily as good as WATCHMEN, SANDMAN, DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, and the other Adult Renaissance titles. In truth, it was better, because it was more ambitious, subversive, and funnier. And it did it BEFORE all of them.
STARSTRUCK wasn't for teenage boys. It was for sharp adults with a sense of wonder. And it was for Riot Grrrls who were too young to know about it yet. It took its cues from Robert Altman dialogue, Winsor McCay and Moebius' art, and the PostPunk era of feminism. Let's face it, those 80's classics were great, but too locked into teen fantasies of aggro-men, which was a grim deadend. So this riotous space opera with a spectrum of powerful women completely blew fanboys' volts then. Macho angst had its minute, but now we can catch up to the real revolution.
What is it? STARSTRUCK is Riot Grrrls taking over the universe by hook and crook. In an anarchic future, two dynasties vie to divvy the universal pie. Caught between are Galatia 9, Brucilla The Muscle, Erotica Ann, and the strongest and most diverse array of women (read, human) that science fiction has never seen. Throw in psychic nuns, corrupt Girl Scouts, hardboiled bartenders, headless sex droids, amazon clones, and samurai robots. It is complex, shocking, outlandish, surreal, whipsmart, knee-slapping, half-insane, and five steps ahead. It'll make your brain stretch and your belly shake.
But this is no retro time trip. STARSTRUCK is still light years ahead of anything being made, whether in comics, in novels, or on screens. The series was rich then, but richer now. This stunningly handsome volume is an all-new remastering of the stories that elevates it even higher.Read more ›
I fell in love with the "Starstruck" series back in the 80's. I'm so happy this collected edition is available, with tons of extra material. This is a gorgeous edition that showcases Kaluta's art, perhaps the best of his career. It's grand scale (often hilarious) science fiction starring two of the most kickass heroines ever to grace the comic book page. Absolutely enthralling. The perfect comic to lose yourself in (and how often does that happen anymore?).
I was quite happy to see that Starstruck was being reissued. I read most of the comic back in the 80's (Never could find issue 5) and wished that it could have kept going. I snagged the graphic novel and so was tickled to see that this version was being released. The artwork is beautiful. Kaluta is one of my favorites. The additional material is a great bonus.It can really be seen that he did a lot of additional work and the story is fleshed out with a lot of details. The only complaint that I have is that some of the material from the first comic books isn't included.I suppose it may be an issue of who owns the rights. At any rate this is a really cool book and I highly recommend it.
Most people might not agree, but for me this book was a disappointment. The coloring of Moyer obscures the brilliant linework of Kaluta. Earlier versions 20 years back didn't have this problem. Just saying.
What a beauty! This oversized edition, the format is larger than the regular IDW comic editions, is truly wonderful. Now you really can enjoy the fantastic Kaluta art even more, and with the new great digital coloring as topping. I've been a fan since the eighties and it can't get better than this.
For years, Starstruck has always been at the top of my reading list -- when I could get my hands on an issue. I never suspected that a compilation would run to 360 pages. And what a compilation it is: impeccable printing, glorious color, each page so complex you can stretch it out for days of reading, and at the end, start over again. It is also a perfect present for anyone you know that likes comics -- I gave two away last Christmas!
Big, Bright, Beautiful! IDW does justice to one of the very best comics ever created. If you missed Starstruck in the 80's and 90's, this is a great opportunity to get in on it. If you already love Starstruck, this edition not only jumps off the page, it makes the story easier to follow than ever before. Starstruck has always demanded (and REWARDED) attentive reading, but it is rollicking great fun as well. Don't miss it!