Alan Smithee

Starborn #6 – Review

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I knew it. I just knew that this series was headed this direction. Of course you have no clue what the hell I’m talking about.

The latest issue of Stan Lee’s Starborn is out this week and it’s quickly become my second favorite series from BOOM! Studios behind The Amory Wars…if for no other reason than the amazing artwork from Khary Randolph and Matteo Scalera, which has only gotten better as they’ve become more comfortable drawing the characters.

If you don’t remember, Ben (the direct descendant of the deposed Emperor) was found to be hiding on Earth and had to make a quick escape from the various races of aliens that overthrew the old government. With the aid of his lifelong friend and bodyguard, he managed to escape in the belly of a bio-organic warship that limped its way to a mining planet.

It’s here were we left off last time as Ben made the mistake of trying to help a fellow human only to enrage the Beastmen who were supervising. Turns out that the gauntlet that Ben now wields is feared by EVERYONE in the galaxy, not just the once oppressed aliens.

The issue’s main writers, Stan Lee and Chris Roberson, redeem themselves this month as the story’s narrative and plot start to take a better focus. We do finally get confirmation of the direction that I hinted towards in last month’s review which I don’t want to spoil for the rest of you who have yet to read it, but the high score for the writing comes mainly from the brilliant one liner that closes out the issue.

I enjoy that Ben is slowly getting used to the universe that he is inhabiting and I can’t wait to see where they take this series. Hopefully we’ll get a good chunk of an issue dedicated to the actual history instead of being a somewhat in-media-res story where the Empire has already fallen.

STORY: 86%
ART: 92%

Like I said previously, the artwork for this issue is top effing notch and deserving of it’s own animated series. There were a few panels in particular that actually caused me to sit at my desk slack jawed at how awesome they were. The one in particular that made me root for someone who is so transparently evil is when General Cur Talon manages to strike down a scout craft with a whip and gets giddy that he’ll have to actually break a sweat in helping extract Ben and Tara. Second to that is the amazing detail they put into the portrait of Ben’s father, the late emperor.

I just adore this series and can’t wait to see what they do in the next few issues. I’m sold on this premise and am completely invested in the characters, now they just need some balls to the wall action to make me a lifelong fan.

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