Don’t Do Drugs, Kids! (Stargazer #1 Comic Review)

Stargazer #1

Author: Anthony Cleveland

Artist: Antonio Fuso

Colorist: Stefano Simeone

Letterer: Justin Birch

This time on Stargazer:

The book starts with a tease of the broader plot as some shadowy government types are talking cryptically while dealing with what appears to be a humpback whale rotting in the middle of the Sahara Desert. It then cuts to a group of teenagers on a camping trip elsewhere in the world who end up experiencing drug-fueled hallucinations that one of them determines was actually an alien abduction. Fast forward twenty years and the friends have mostly moved on, except for one, and his trauma has veered into the realms of obsession as he’s become enthralled with the aliens only he believes in.

My thoughts:

This first book felt very much like a sort of teaser for the series to come, mostly setting up the pieces that would later be in play, but I enjoyed it as a sort of prologue/intro credits for the series. It seems to be dealing in ambiguity and suggestion, more so than daring action, which is a refreshing change of pace for me, and the tone of a late 80s coming of age adventure movie is sure to strike a nostalgic cord for many people. I also rather liked the paneling later in the book that manages to make use of the empty space outside the panels as well as its own art and writing. I do also enjoy that one of the main characters is explicitly not straight, with a background picture of her wedding day to another woman. That being said, I find the art to be kind of ugly.

The line work is very angular and obvious, which isn’t in itself bad, but the coloring is the part I dislike the most. I think they were going for a sort of dream-like intensity with backgrounds mostly abstract splashes of color and scenes being almost bathed in just a few colors, rather than trying to be true to life, but I find this style to be kind of distracting and unpleasant. This book, however, is definitely worth your time if you’ve enjoyed movies like ET or Flight of the Navigator, or if you like shows like Stranger Things

 

 

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Avalon Willowbloom

Avalon Willowbloom

Avalon is a mother and nerd in about equal measure with special emphasis on post apocalypse settings and SciFi/Fantasy crossover genres. She aspires to be either a world famous voice actor or an infamous cryptid, whichever comes first.
Summary
This book promises adventure, friendship, and nostalgia that make it worth your time, if some deliberately messy art can be forgiven.
Good
  • The premise is interesting and promises a familiar, but nonetheless welcome adventure
  • The characters feel human and interesting
  • The intention of leaving the decision of what actually happened up to the reader is one I wholeheartedly support
Bad
  • The art is kind of distractingly messy
  • Nostalgia can be a double-edged sword and this does risk falling into overused, tired tropes, rather than upcycling old tropes to tell a new story
8
Great
Art - 7
Characters - 9
Story - 8
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Avalon is a mother and nerd in about equal measure with special emphasis on post apocalypse settings and SciFi/Fantasy crossover genres. She aspires to be either a world famous voice actor or an infamous cryptid, whichever comes first.

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