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Starlight Volume 1 (Starlight Tp) by Mark…

Starlight Volume 1 (Starlight Tp)

by Mark Millar, Goran Parlov (Illustrator)

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So many English-language graphic novels and trade paperback collections involve over-entitled fascists in Spandex costumes. And if it’s not superheroes, it’s noir. Like that’s a new thing. I wanted science fiction. But I spent a good while perusing the English-language shelves of Faraos Cigarer in Copenhagen, and there was very little that appealed. Starlight looked like it might – a test pilot is pulled to another dimension, defeats a planet’s tyrant, Flash-Gordon-fashion, and returns to Earth… only to be disbelieved by all and sundry, and so treated as something of a joke by friends and family. Forty years later, his help is required again, this time to overthrow invaders who have enslaved the world. So back he goes, only to discover his legend has grown to a level he couldn’t possibly match it, especially now he’s four decades older. The brutal occupiers also consider him something of a joke, and the populace too weak to rise up under his leadership. The art has a nice pulp sf sensibility to it, although the story seems unable to decide if its hero is pulp sf hero or a superhero. In fact, that’s not the only thing that’s a little confused, as Starlight tries to gives its story a modern spin while at the same time throwing in references to early sf serials. So, tonally, it’s a bit all over the place. Good in parts, though. ( )
  iansales | Jan 22, 2017 |
An old man returns to a faraway planet to relive his glorious past

This nicely-produced collection tells us the story of an old man, recently widowed, who has visited and been a hero on another planet. Lonely and neglected by his family, he is drawn back to his past glories and is taken back to fight again for the liberation of a faraway planet.

An old-fashioned tale with a happy ending, reminiscent of the French “bande dessinée” style. Well-illustrated and engaging, I found this well worth reading.
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  PaulAllard | Dec 9, 2015 |
Free review copy. We start in an unusual place: Duke, a pilot from Earth, has just saved an entire Barsoom-like planet—we get brief flashes of thrilling adventures. Then he goes home, and no one believes his story. He grows old; when his wife dies, his two sons, who barely tolerate him, don’t want to hear from him. Then, as he’s at his lowest, a child from the planet he saved comes for him—they need his help again. I really wanted to like the concept, but it was too Indiana Jones-y in execution: he was immediately on top of his game again, instead of being a grandfather who’d spent decades being disbelieved. ( )
  rivkat | Mar 9, 2015 |
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