- Series: Dover Graphic Novels
- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications (June 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486801624
- ISBN-13: 978-0486801629
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.8 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the 1980s a black & white publishing boom flooded the marketplace, and while many books were professionally done, or at least had heart to make up for inexperience, there was an insane amount of drek. By 1994 there was such a backlash against b&w comics that made it difficult for even quality series to survive or even debut. One never knew if a series would continue long enough to finish a story.
Into this market came Teri S. Wood's wonderful science fiction epic, Wandering Star. Initially self-published with low key covers, from the very first chapter you could see there was a solid story coming. The artwork didn't have a mainstream polish, and definitely wasn't all lines-and-thongs, it featured a variety of intriguing alien beings and a heroine with natural, realistic proportions.
The story of an interstellar war took off, and the characters we came to love forged their relationships in the conflict, politics, prejudice, and tragedies that unfolded. Death is not a gimmick here, but the all too real result of war.
Ms. Wood's personal tale found its most fervent fans and boosters through the pages of the Comics Buyer's Guide, first in reviews, then in letters of comment from readers who concurred. Then a pre-internet viral campaign began. CBG offered short classified ads for free to subscribers and fans began using their free ads to promote Wandering Star. There were issues where it seemed (at least in my memory) there were more free ads for Wandering Star than the other classifieds combined. People who normally would not have bothered submitting anything gleefully supported her efforts and the beloved series’ following grew.
And here we are today, 20 years later, celebrating and enjoying anew this beautiful volume collecting all 21 chapters of the acclaimed graphic novel. Dover has always manufactured quality books; even their paperbacks have stitched signatures that most of today's hardcovers no longer have. The cloth covers under the dust jacket is lovely in itself, and there's a color section with all of the covers and many prints reproduced in sharp quality.
Cheap at twice the price, do yourself a favor and fall into the future of Wandering Star.
As for the story itself, I still to this day find myself referring to it or thinking about it, or even references I'd forgotten about came from it. The story is glorious (today it would probably be labeled YA) with all the standard story tropes: plucky heroine, goofy guy sidekick, gentle giant, mysterious recluse, and the older and wiser sibling. But when you actually meet the characters that fit those rough descriptions you are amazed that they are not what you're expecting, great twists on classic characterizations. The story is funny and sad and brave and frightening and endearing and horrifying and just a really great read.
Not talking about the plot. It unfolds like an origami chrysanthemum as the tale progresses, discover it like I did, in situ. It is a story complete in itself, no sequels, prequels, or extra features. It is exactly as long as it needs to be to tell itself properly.
Some film company that is looking for the next YA adventure to film better get someone's agent on the phone, is all I'm saying. I've been imagining a Wandering Star movie for years. Get off your butts and make it happen.
Of course, the great presentation doesn't matter if the story isn't any good, but there's nothing to worry about on that front here. Teri S. Wood had an epic in mind, on both a galactic and personal scale, and pulls it off nicely, with touches of humor and humanity to keep things from getting too dark. The story and characters are solid, and the art is quite amazing - Wood's style is instantly identifiable and uniquely hers.
One of the great trends in comics recently is that there's a lot of rediscovery going on. Wandering Star may have been largely overlooked back in its day, off the radar, but here's hoping that with this release, it'll get the attention it merits...and that it might spur the cartoonist (in-joke) to share more of her stories and wonderful art with us.