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Starlight Volume 1 (Starlight Tp) Paperback – February 24, 2015
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Duke is different even is he is derivative, but it's like comparing Eric John Stark to Tarzan (anyone who's aware of the distinction, well, it's nice to have you reading). What drives this story is the desire to plant those fantasy SF worlds in our very real one and make it work. It does so not by building a huge backstory. It does so by making the idea desirable, and that's it. The first thing to make it plausible is our relative unawareness of such places as Tantalus. That makes easy for us to dismiss without really trying. The guy who saved it, a delusional astronaut who got lost out there.
Many years later, with all the press coverage and naysayers quiet a just barely still middle aged man, a widower with grown kids off and gone, is approached by one of the same people he once saved to do so again. Is he too old? He sure looks old, but he is still pretty fit. But, man, he's old….
Well, read the book and see.
The real surprise for me is the writer. Mark Millar is hardly the guy I'd go to for a romantic adventure. To be honest it was Goran Parlov's line art that got me try it. He's an artist who reminds me of Moebius (Jean Giraud) but also Alex Toth in his simplicity -that's anything but simple. It's also a good yarn about the ability to rally and DELIVER regardless of your age and situation.
This is also a tale with a lot of old fashioned heart, the kind everyone laments is rare but also is ignored even when it's staring those cynics-by-circumstance square in the face.
Is it perfect? Well, it's perfect to me for what it is, a good solid story with characters I care about and a situation where a man can be all he ever wanted to be, even if he doesn't know it…. again.
The wrapping of the tale delivered a very nice bonus too.
My gripe. As good as this is they should have considered a nice hardcover edition. The edition reviewed is fine and it's priced as a bargain. I would also have preferred Parlov providing the cover art. Small gripes.
Our hero's wife has died, leaving him alone with his memories in his log cabin. We soon learn that he is a local source of derision because he claimed in his youth that he was abducted by aliens. Later, we find out that he was the leader of a rebel movement on an alien world. He rejected the crown of the world (and the hand of the queen) in order to return to his girlfriend (later, his late wife). The book picks up when a young man from that world comes to Earth in order to convince him to pick up arms once again in order to free the world.
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The art is amazing. Hope these creators team up again.