Review – Sea of Stars #5 (Image Comics)

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Sea of Stars #5

Writers: Jason Aaron & Dennis Hallum
Artist: Stephen Green
Colorist: Rico Renzi
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Publisher: Image Comics
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: November 13th, 2019

How far is a father willing to go in order to save his son? How far can a boy be pushed before he decides the game is over? These questions are explored in Sea of Stars #5.


The Bond of Father and Son in Sea of Stars #5

Sea of Stars #5 brings us back to the insane journey that Gil and his son, Kadyn, have been thrown into. This entire series has been an emotional rollercoaster. It takes the whole father/son dynamic and throws it right out into space. And thus, it adds a surprising amount of twists along the way.

Gil and Kadyn have had two vastly different adventures up to this point. Gil has been facing a never-ending struggle for survival. Meanwhile, Kadyn was living every little boy’s dream; he was exploring space and enjoying every minute of it. Well, except for those moments when he misses his father.

Sea of Stars #5 (Image Comics) cover by Stephen Green
Sea of Stars #5 (Image Comics) cover by Stephen Green

This issue concludes the end of the first arc of the series. It’s actually kind of hard to believe we’re at that point already. And it’s making readers wonder how far this series will be able to go, and how far the writers want to push it.


It isn’t every day you get to see a series written by two authors. But that element is part of what makes Sea of Stars so unique. These two different visions merge together to create something truly out of this world (no pun intended). Jason Aaron and Dennis Hallum seriously outdid themselves in Sea of Stars #5. They’ve pushed both characters’ plots to different extremes. But they also knew when it was time to pull things back together. And yet, in the progress of doing so, they’ve somehow managed to raise even more questions along the way.

This issue was one that bounced back and forth between several different emotions. And that’s part of what made it so successful. It’s hard to imagine this series having the same impact without all of the breathtaking scenes or the fights to survive.

The fifth issue in the series did a solid job of wrapping up several of the plotlines floating throughout. But it left many questions and concerns open-ended. As if it wasn’t clear enough that the series wasn’t done, right? But this does keep us readers invested in what’s going to happen next. And I, for one, am looking forward to finding out.


Sea of Stars #5 boasts the same amazing artwork that has gotten the series so much attention. This is a series set in space, yes. But the artists have taken space and added so much vibrancy and life to it all. It’s bigger than life, a blend of the beautiful and the horrifying. And they merge oddly well.

Illustrated by Stephen Green, this issue is full of dynamic and stunning scenes. Rico Renzi‘s colors further enhance the beauty and strangeness of the scenery. And last, but certainly not least, Jared K. Fletcher‘s lettering brings it all together.


Sea of Stars #5 was another brilliant read from this creative team. I know that this issue concludes the end of the first plot arc. But it still feels like there’s still so much more to Gil and Kadyn’s tale. The real question is—how far are they going to push this new boundary? And of course, there’s always the question of how long the authors want to keep writing. Here’s hoping we get several more issues before the end.

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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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