Review – Stellar #3 (Image Comics)

  • Writing - 8.8/10
  • Art - 8.8/10
  • Overall - 9/10


Writer: Joseph Keatinge 
Artist: Bret Blevins
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Publisher: Image Comics
Release: August 15 2018

Stellar was taken as a child and turned into the ultimate weapon. She has been living alone and taking care of herself for quite some time. Until Zenith’s army finally finds her. Will she be able to stop whatever his new plan is?

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 Welcome Home to Tragedy and Dispair in Stellar #3

Across innumerable years and countless galaxies, Zenith has pursued Stellar. He was always the worst of the ultimate weapons, and now he’s finally found her… but, boy, has she changed!


In Stellar #3, Joseph Keatinge has brought epic torment, dismay, and strength all in one issue. At the beginning of Stellar #3, I was brought right into an emotional rollercoaster. There were more times pummeling to the ground then reaching for the stars. Stellar, who ends up being the main female character, is faced with dismal consequences throughout the story. With that being said, Keatinge has written such an intense storyline that I was captivated and wondering what was going to happen to Stellar with each panel. 

When you finally think that this dismal story is coming to an end or maybe it will get better from here on out, it decides to take another turn towards a hellacious grave. Keatinge did a fascinating job bringing such emotion and depth within such a short 32-page comic. Stellar is super awesome and I really love her confidence, how humble she seems, and her hair! I would love to see this written as an actual book series.


Stellar Cover #3 Artist / Cover: Bret Blevins
Stellar Cover #3 Artist / Cover: Bret Blevins

I would have to say she looks similar to Barbarella (1968 movie featuring Jane Fonda). Clearly, this makes me a fan! Bret Blevins executed this with style. Not only is she such a gorgeous character, tasteful for the most part, she is also strong physically and mentally. Also, the drawing of the other characters and creatures are extremely well done. Blevins has created such a distinct race with the people of Stellar’s previous home. They look like robots and all of them look the same. The details are remarkable. 

Panel by Panel, Blevins, gives Stellar such emotion displaying pain, torment, and disappointment as you continue through the story. 


Stellar #3 was surprisingly fantastic. I will not lie, I chose this comic because of the cover. So, someone who says you cannot judge a book by their cover is incorrect! When I began reading I was in awe that there were so many incredible panels. Panels that did not contain dialogue drew me in. Towards the beginning of the issue, you see Stellar with shorter hair. This showed her in what appeared to be the beginning of her long journey within this new land. I loved how the panels progressed and you start to see her hair grow yet there is not any dialogue present. I believed that was a refreshing way to have portrayed time passing by as opposed to other comics that state “present day”.

There were some touching moments and I even felt her pain. The writing and the art complement one another. This helps lure you in. As you witness her strength, beauty and also the charm about her, you realize why the antagonist (Zenith) of the series is wanting her to be brought to him. 

I would recommend this series for so many different reasons. Yet, you should make your own opinions. But, I’m sure you will not be disappointed. 

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