Updated: Jan 25
SEA OF STARS #1
Writers: Jason Aaron & Dennis Hallum
Artist: Stephen Green
Colorist: Rico Renzi
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Publisher: Image Comics
Being a father of a 4 year old little girl, I find myself being drawn to father/son or father/daughter stories more than ever. They strike a chord that they didn't used to, prior to me having a kid. This story is incites a heartwarming feeling and a sense of wonder that I
haven't experienced in a long time. Jason Aaron and Dennis Hallum have created a story that stands apart from the rest of the books being published today and carves out a unique niche. No to mention the exquisite art of Stephen Green and breathtaking colors of Rico Renzi.
The story follows Kadyn, a nine year old boy, and his recently widowed father, Gil. As they traverse the galaxy hauling a spaceship full of the remains of a museum that was destroyed. At the heart of this story is the relationship between father and son. Aaron and Callum have found a way to take the fantastical and ground it in a way that makes it easily relatable. They have given them mundane problems while also touching on the devastation these two are dealing with after losing their wife/mother. Gil is a character that is easy to identify with, he's just your average hardworking father trying to make a living to provide for his son. While Kadyn is your typical impatient and adventurous little boy.
Stephen Green's art is one of the major draws to this book. He has a way of not designing anything too over the top, which helps to not overshadow what's transpiring in the stroy. But don't get me started on his space monkey and space dolphin designs, they're both haunting and humorous at the same time. It;s Rico Renzi's cloring that ties this book all together. The shades of purples and blues, give the book an almost tranquil calming effect as you're reading it.
The story takes a sharp turn as the ship that Gil and Kadyn are on is attacked by some massive space whale. After being enveloped in some strange light, Kadyn is woken up by that space monkey and space dolphin I was talking about. It was this scene that really one me over. The dialogue between these three, brought a smile to my face and I couldn't help but laugh. We learn that Kadyn has somehow been given the ability to fly in space without the need of a spacesuit and he is able to communicate with these strange space creatures. By the end of the issue we see Gil set out to save his son, as he traverses this sea of stars.
It's as if Image can do no wrong. It seems like every new book they release is a home-run. This book is no different. It was a great debut and makes SEA OF STARS a book worth picking up and definitely gives you more than enough to stick with this series moving forward.