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‘Sea of Stars #2:’ Advance Comic Book Review

You ever have one of those days in which just about every little thing can go wrong? It would be hilarious if you weren’t so annoyed. Gil Starx finds himself in that position in issue two of Sea of Stars. This is a space odyssey about a father (Gil Starx) who is a widowed intergalactic trucker and his son Kadyn who has been dragged along on a job. When their rig is split in two by a space leviathan, both are tossed into the cold of space with nothing but their space suits and wits.

This issue focuses mainly on Gil, as one stroke of bad luck is followed by another. Everything that begins as a boon becomes an impediment, and while his frustration escalates, there’s a joy to the way that this is written. A large part of that is due to perhaps a very apparent (for me anyway) call-out to John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China.  In that story, Jack Burton drove his rig, the Porkchop Express.  In Sea of Stars, Gil Starx flies his rig, the Porkchop Comet. Jack Burton is an everyman trying his damndest against supernatural forces, while Starx is trying his damndest against an array of hostile space aliens and what not. This approach really grounds Starx, allowing him to be more human than hero.

On the other hand, the few moments we spend with Kadyn in this issue, like the first, are full of a sort of wonder and vicarious joy for the reader. A kid swimming through space with his alien friends? What kid or adult wouldn’t want this to happen?

The centerpiece of this all is, of course, the journey that it will take for the father and son to find each other again. Their emotional separation is shown now through their actual separation, an empty void between them.

Artists Steven Green and Rico Renzi are clearly enjoying themselves, bringing this world and these strange creatures to life. This is definitely worth a purchase.

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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Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor



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