Saturday, November 1, 2014


Author:  Mark Millar

Artist:  Goran Parlov

Publisher:  Image

Source:  Comixology

Graphic Novel Challenge #55

In many cases, I find Mark Millar seems to favor violence and shock over characterization.  The way he writes “Starlight” shows a change in direction.  Hopefully, Millar continues down this path.  The violence is still evident at times but the characterization takes center stage.  The protagonist is the archetypical science fiction action hero.  He is cut from the same cloth as Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Adam Strange, et al.  In this story he saved the alien world and returned to Earth to retire.  When he returns, no one believes him.  He is thought to be delusional.  Things continue to go downhill until the day when a spaceship appears at his house.  A young man, from the planet he saved in the past, is excited to find the legendary hero.  The alien world has been conquered by another race that is exploiting them.  The boy escaped and wants him to return to lead the revolt.  He decides to go since there is nothing left for him on Earth.  Millar does a masterful job of showing how an elderly, over the hill hero can still lead the good fight to save another world.  I do not want to reveal any more because this is a story that must be experienced.  

Highly recommended.

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