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Review – Sea of Stars #1 (Image Comics)

Sea of Stars #1
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  • Art - 9/10
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Summary

Writers: Jason Aaron & Dennis Hallum
Artist: Stephen Green
Colorist: Rico Renzi
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Editor: Will Dennis
Variant Cover Artist: Mike Mignola
Publisher: Image Comics
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: July 3rd, 2019

Sea of Stars #1 introduces a whole universe and a father/son pairing all in one go. Get ready for a whirlwind of emotions in this series!

 

A Father/Son Journey Begins In Sea of Stars #1

Sea of Stars is an all-new series from some of the bigger names in comics these days. So obviously we just had to give this series a try! And from this one issue, it’s safe to say that this series already has a lot going for it. Sea of Stars #1 has space truckers, family dynamics (and issues), alien artifacts, oh yeah, and a few aliens. In short, it’s got a little bit of everything. Or at least it feels that way!

The series follows Gil and his son, Kadyn. Gil didn’t want to have to bring his son along on his latest haul, but he didn’t have much of a choice. The end result? An adventure far beyond what either of them could have hoped for—or feared.

Writing

Sea of Stars #1 (Image Comics) cover A by Stephen Green
Sea of Stars #1 (Image Comics) cover A by Stephen Green

There were two main things that drew my attention to Sea of Stars. One of those major points? The authors. Jason Aaron and Dennis Hallum teamed up to bring us this unique and epic journey through space. That probably says a lot right there, doesn’t it?

Sea of Stars #1 was so incredibly unique, I’m almost not even sure where to begin. The introduction was unexpected…but that was actually a good thing. It subverted all of my expectations, turning it into something new and not nearly so predictable. That was a brilliant move.

We didn’t get a whole lot of time to get to know Gil and Kadyn—what with the world and plot also being introduced alongside them. However, we really didn’t need a ton of time to understand the basics about them. Aaron and Hallum were able to tell us so much about them, using just a few words.

The world itself, or rather, the universe, looks to be an interesting one. I know that they’ve only just begun to scratch the surface in what they’re going to show us. And that just makes it all the more interesting and exciting.

There were some surprise twists in just the first issue. These twists took the series from something that I thought was predictable, to something…different. It’s still a journey in space, but it isn’t the journey I expected. And I actually think I like this version better! I’m looking forward to seeing more of this setting.

Art

The other thing that really caught my attention for Sea of Stars was the cover. It’s simply striking. And admittedly, that alone does a pretty decent job of telling us what this series is about. But that’s not a bad thing!

Sea of Stars #1 was drawn by Stephen Green and colored by Rico Renzi. Together they brought us the familiar, the strange, and the odd. It was quite the experience. I enjoyed seeing their take on outer space and aliens.

Green’s style of drawing the unknown was both familiar and different. You can see some of the influences here. But you can also see his own style at work. The blend of the two was extremely well done. And it was enhanced by the colors Renzi brought into the mix. I’ve always been a fan of vibrant colors in space series, so I might be a bit biased when I talk about the color palette here. But honestly? I loved it. The colors were vibrant and so alive. And they really read as being out of this world to me.

Conclusion

If the first issue is anything to go by, Sea of Stars is going to be a series worth keeping an eye on. I kind of expected that, just from the creative team involved. But it’s nice to have that confirmed.

I’m looking forward to seeing where Gil and Kadyn’s journey take them from here. We’ll surely see more of the universe and these interesting characters in following issues. Any guesses on what will happen next?


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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