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REVIEW: Starcrasher

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REVIEW: Starcrasher

3.15/5.0 Stars
Rating if the Book Were a Movie: R

Creative Team:

Writer: Max Rex
Artist: Max Rex
Letters: Max Rex
Cover: Max Rex
Publisher: King Comics 

Ratings:

Story: 3.0 Stars
Artwork: 2.9 Stars
Cover Artwork: 3.1 Stars
Dialogue: 3.3 Stars
Mechanics: 3.1 Stars
Editing: 3.5 Stars 

About the Book:

Starcrasher is the story of a young woman who was constantly moving around the world as she grew up. Every time she’d finally get herself established at a new school she’d have to move again. At one of these schools she is stabbed and killed. This creates a new beginning for the young woman. She is now Starcrasher, the one that sees all and passes judgment.

Reader’s Notes:

When I was a kid Dad would take me to used bookstores that we knew sold comics. One time while we were in a store he asked the clerk if they carried underground comics. The clerk said they didn’t; but he took our number in case any ever came through the door.

Being all of about nine years old, I didn’t have a clue what underground comics were. When I asked Dad about it he said that they were comics that were more adult in nature. There weren’t as many superheroes in these books. They were almost exclusively published by small press publishers or private parties.

He talked about two titles that I can remember. “Cheech Wizard” was one. “The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers”. Was the other. I’ve never had the opportunity to read either of those titles. From what I can recall from how he described them, Starcrasher fits the bill perfectly.

This book would have thrived in that era of comics. We have a story that makes a statement about today’s issues with violence in schools. That isn’t the only theme in this book.

The powers that be deemed our heroine suffered enough and she is perfect for the job they have in mind. Instead of dying and moving on to the afterlife she will become a god of sorts. She will delve to the roots of planets and determine the nature of the inhabitants. If they are good she will help them create. If they are evil she will destroy them. It’s a philosophical question. Which side of the coin do you want to strive for?

I liked some of the character development we saw with our heroine. Between kindergarten and freshman year of high school I attended nine different schools. I found her upbringing to be very relatable. I would have liked to learn more about her. What does she like? What are her goals? What is her name?

I appreciated how the artwork on the interior pages showed her transition to this new life. It gives context to what she went through. If everything we saw was but a glimpse of what she had to absorb in a short span of time, it’s a lot to take in.

I also really liked how this book was colored in black and white. It allows the story to speak for itself. It eliminates the possibility of having colors that don’t reflect the tone of a particular section of a story. Most importantly, it allows the reader to use their imagination.

I like this cover. It has a 70’s feel to it, especially with how the title is laid out. We see our heroine displaying how everything is in the balance. It’s simple. Create or destroy.

Underground comics laid the foundation for indie comics as we know it. As a geek on a budget I believe Starcrasher carries on the tradition of underground comics in glorious fashion. There are panels that the comics code would have frowned upon. Those panels are relevant to the story and provide a metaphor for what is happening to people around the world. I would encourage any adult reader to check this title out.

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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