Writers Jason Aaron & Dennis Hallum
Artist Stephen Green
Colorist Rico Renzi
Letters & Design Jared K. Fletcher
Variant Cover Artist Mike Mignola
Space…is so crapping boring. Until it’s not.
It’s interesting how your expectations, perception and enjoyment for and of a book can change multiple times throughout the reading of it. When I picked this book up I did it purely because it had Jason Aarons name written on the cover, a cover which had a child in a space suit, a space creature floating in the middle ground, and a spaceship, festooned with solar sails, making way towards the boy and critter.
When I opened the book and began to read it I have to admit that I felt some disappointment, I don’t know what I wanted, but it wasn’t the look that this book in particular was giving me. I did like the story and how it was written within three or four pages, but I wasn’t liking the art at all. Not that the art was bad, it was well done, but I’d just read several books with incredibly dense, detailed, and slick artwork. This book didn’t have that. I kept reading because it’s very good, and as I let go of the comparisons to the art of what I’d just seen, this books art started to grow on me quite a bit. By the time i was half way into the book and the story had gone from the witty and clever use of sci fi tropes and into something much more serious, I was loving the art.
In the middle of the book, as the main character Kadyn floats in space after his fathers space-truck has been severely damaged by the creature shown on the cover, and Kadyns father stabs the large animal in the eye in the eye believing his son is either dead or dying, the whole book came together for me and I was loving it. The clean and colorful artwork accompanied by this story of a father and son separated after a horrible event, by an actual sea of stars, was simple and compelling.
As Kadyn awakes in a different place than where he was after striking the aggressive creature, having used a hammer-like device he found floating in the debris-field of his fathers ship, thus killing the creature, the color palette also clicked for me. The use of blues, purples and lavenders throughout this book is very pretty and fits the story and the mood it evokes. Those colors went especially well with the last few pages when Kadyn has a most Disney-movie like encounter with 2 hungry and thankfully not too hungry space dwelling creatures who discover he can understand them, and swim in space.
At the issues end when it’s revealed that Kadyns father is indead alive and is determined to find him I realized I’d dropped my cigarette and lost track of the world around me, I really liked this book, it’s a simple story, so far, with strong, clean, and bright art.
So when your staying to the charted star-ways, no matter what happens, make sure to bring this book and…