Stargazer Volume 1 – Review
Years ago Shae, her brother Kenny, and two childhood friends experienced a traumatic, unexplainable event that left Kenny scarred for life. Twenty years later Kenny has committed himself to the belief that what they experienced was an alien abduction, and the group has since drifted apart. However, the sudden and mysterious disappearance of Kenny leads the group to reunite and discover the truth of what took place all those years ago.
Blend the feel-good group of gaming friends that we got from Stranger Things, the loyalty of an older sibling and a friendship pact found in IT, and science fiction elements that feel familiar but unique – and you have Stargazer.
There is something so pure and tragic about this story in so many ways. The exploration of a sibling bond, the devotion to a childhood pact, and how to pick up the pieces of your life after a tragedy. But it’s all handled so beautifully, and tied together with a science fiction plot that’s fresh and entertaining. Honestly, the story is much more about these human connections than the sci-fi elements – and that really makes this story so special.
This concept of aliens, the interaction of Earth has with them, and their purpose is incredibly interesting to me. Considering I just watched several Alien films just before I started reading this, you’d worry the subject matter could feel a bit stale for me right now. But it’s quite the opposite. I fell in love with the beauty of Stargazer, the alien involved in it, the premise, etc. It was such a quick book to breeze through – six collected issues I couldn’t put down. And all of it was understandable, so even casual sci-fi readers can easily get into Stargazer without fear of being overwhelmed.
As far as the art goes, this series is insanely beautiful. Everything about it – from mundane, familiar human things, to the alien concepts and designs, and even the stars themselves – every bit of it was a visual treat for the eyes. The colors were completely captivating and added so much to the experience. The lettering was beautiful as well. This is one of those comics that really nails the heart of the story in both script and in artwork, and makes it so endearing to readers.
Fans of heartfelt, deep science fiction stories – Stargazer is for you. What an absolute pleasure it was to read volume one of Stargazer! If you want to read it for yourself, Stargazer is available to pre-order now, with the trade releasing April 28th.
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