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Starlight Volume 1 (Starlight Tp) Paperback – Illustrated, February 24, 2015
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- Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
- Paperback : 152 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1632150174
- ISBN-13 : 978-1632150172
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
- Publisher : Image Comics; Illustrated edition (February 24, 2015)
- Reading level : 16 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #188,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Com uma arte incrível de Goran Parlov, o gibi é uma delícia de ler. Talvez um dos gibis mais divertidos do roteirista dos últimos tempos. Despretensioso e de leitura fácil, Starlight é um "gibi gibi", ideal pra ler na privada ou algo parecido.
That's the case with Duke McQueen, who now sits alone at home missing his late wife and putting up with the scorn of neighborhood kids - and the disbelief of his own family from the days when he shared the story of his big adventure.
Then, 40 years after being an intergalactic hero, Duke gets the call to go back and be a hero again.
Mark Millar has written a lovely Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers-type serial set in the present. He deals with reasons that Duke was never believed (His alien clothing? Well, Earth developed Spandex and Velcro, too! His medal? Earth has aluminum, too! Etc. etc. etc.), building a portrait of a man out of his time - before sticking him back there, only in less than optimum shape to get the job done. Which makes Duke even more heroic than before.
Mark Millar is known for taking genres and archetypes and playing with them - usually with a hard-R-rated edge, but with Starlight, he's created an all-ages satire/spoof that plays on the same level as Flash, or Buck, and (as is all good satire/spoofery) stands on its own as a ripping yearn.
Goran Palov's art recalls/echoes Alex Raymond without stealing from him. It's dynamic and exciting - matching up nicely with Millar's delightful script to produce a genuinely fine bit of fun that holds up well through repeated readings.