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Review – Sea of Stars #2 (Image Comics)

Sea of Stars #2
Overall
8.5/10
8.5/10
  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Art - 9/10
    9/10
  • Overall - 8.5/10
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Summary

Authors: Jason Aaron & Dennis Hallum
Artist: Stephen Green
Colorist: Rico Renzi
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: August 7th, 2019

Sea of Stars #2 is as vibrant and striking as the first issue—with a strong dose of emotional realism to ground the series.

 

The Struggle of a Father in Sea of Stars #2

Frequently when you hear somebody talking about the distance between father and son, you know it to be in the figurative sense. But in Sea of Stars, this statement takes on a whole new meaning. All Gil Starx wants to do is take care of his son, but a certain and rather major complication has turned up that makes that a bit difficult for him. Sea of Stars #2 proves to be just as emotional and intriguing as the first issue. It leaves readers with just as many questions as the first issue. But that is likely a good thing. I know I for one can’t wait to see what happens next.

Writing

Sea of Stars #2 (Image Comics) cover by Stephen Green
Sea of Stars #2 (Image Comics) cover by Stephen Green

Sea of Stars #2 proves that when it comes to writing, there’s no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen. Or at least, two cooks certainly aren’t too many. Jason Aaron and Dennis Hallum are co-writing this striking series, and so far they’ve managed to increase the emotional impact beyond expectations.

Seriously, if you thought the first issue hit you in the feels, get ready for this one. The second issue reveals more of the backstory for our two wayward characters. It was a bit unexpected, but not unappreciated. It added heft to the reason for them being out in space. And it gave us a stronger understanding of the determination behind Gil Starx’s character.

And that’s ignoring the other half of this issue entirely. You see, Gil’s son, Kadyn seems to be on an entirely different journey altogether. Having the two so strongly juxtaposed against one another has been fascinating—as well as an excellent show of writing talent.

Art

The artwork for Sea of Stars is easily half the appeal of this series. The covers have already proven to be striking, as has the artwork inside. And Sea of Stars #2 has some truly memorable scenes to show off.

We may only be two issues in, but it’s enough to leave us grateful that the artistic team has remained the same so far. Stephen Green’s lines and Rico Renzi’s colors are a brilliant combination—to put it mildly. These two artists capture space in a bright and vivid manner. Gone are the dreary images with predominantly black backdrops. Instead, there is a variety of hues to dazzling readers. And amazingly, it doesn’t distract from the emotional intensity of the issue. If anything, it enhances it.

Conclusion

Sea of Stars #2 has taken some risks in storytelling styles, but so far it has paid off. The two different perspectives are made all the more interesting by just how different they are from one another; a fact that will likely only increase as time goes on.

This series has been fascinating so far, and I honestly can’t wait to see what the next major revelation will be. We know that this father and son duo still have a long way left in their journeys. And that leaves us to wonder what else they’ll come across.


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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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