Created by: Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri
Writer: Joseph Keatinge
Artist: Bret Blevins
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Editor: Sean Mackiewicz
Associate Editor: Arielle Basich
Stellar was taken as a child and transformed into the ultimate weapon, one that would end an intergalactic war. She succeeded… at everything except finding peace.
Reduced to a bounty hunter, she scours the worlds she’s broken, searching for redemption. But there are other weapons loose in the galaxy, who just can’t leave the war behind them.
Joseph Keatinge (SHUTTER, EVOLUTION, TECH JACKET) and legendary artist Bret Blevins (NEW MUTANTS, SLEEPWALKER) will transport you to another dimension, filled with crashed spaceships, fast-talking aliens, and ageless wonders.
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I am fully intrigued. Stellar gently reminds me of The Expanse. I tend to shy away from comparisons in reviews, because I never want to insinuate that any artist or author is attempting to imitate someone else. This isn't an exception. It feels wholly original but with a similar texture. Strong female lead with a clear conscious. Refugees from war. A desire to redeem one's self. These are plot lines I can get behind and enjoy.
Keatinge clearly intends to bring a level of humor through the creepy alien prisoner and so far, that works. I can see a lot of potential for this character's growth in addition to the regular side-kick role. Every word of dialog had meaning and flowed perfectly from scene to scene. Making this a pleasant first step into the world of Stellar.
Taken to another planet full of ruins, Blevins artistically places the location with a softened backdrop. The softening of tones created a feel of desperation, adding a lot to the visual impact. When we glimpse into the trauma of Stellar's past, the images do more than words ever could. The contrast between the two worked for me.
Art and story merge together without a catch and Stellar is certainly be an issue that I will buy locally to reread in print.