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‘Sea of Stars #5:’ Advance Comic Book Review

What an exceptionally good time. Sea of Stars reminds me what it’s like to be a kid, to want to adventure into space, and to do amazing things. It brings the joy of space adventure - full throttle - back to sci-fi, landing more on the “fi” side than the “sci,” but so, too, did John Carter of Mars.

Gil has been separated from his son and has been surviving by the skin of his teeth in the furthest reaches of space. His son Kaydn has touched a magic weapon and taken in the powers of a being far greater than he could ever imagine. Now, they’ve become involved in an epic story about a civilization of people who are being betrayed and facing a sort of Armageddon.

This is ultimately a story about two people living through the loss of a loved one and finding who they are again, to themselves and each other. How that will be brought back into play by the end I’m not sure, but to see these characters still dealing with and affected by this loss while toiling with the adventure of being space heroes really does elevate the material.

Stephen Green is having a blast. The creatures and worlds he’s getting to create are worth looking forward to every month. Rico Renzi’s colors really bring these space environments to life. Space isn’t just an empty vacuum of black; it’s full of purples and blues - celestial!

Sea of Stars is a really good time. If you want to drop the cynicism and irony that permeate a lot of new stories and, instead, embrace a hell of a ride, this is the one.

Creative Team: Jason Aaron and Dennis Hallum (writers), Stephen Green (artist), Rico Renzi (colors), Jared K. Fletcher (letters and design), Will Dennis (editor)
Publisher: Image Comics
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