Review: Stone Star #1

Stone Star #1

Stone Star is a mobile asteroid where entertainment abounds, and competition and celebrity are intertwined. Gladiators fight to find their fortune, but there are other secrets lurking beneath the surface as a new season begins. Stone Star is also the brand new comiXology Original series from writer Jim Zub and Max Dunbar.

Teased for a few days, the comic’s release is a bit of a surprise and most welcome as it introduces us a to a world that both feels familiar and new. It’s familiar in that a floating pleasure world is something we’ve seen before in sci-fi worlds but there’s something about this particular iteration that’s interesting and unique (though I can’t quite put my finger on it).

The first issue revolves around Dail, who along with with his friend Kitzo are thieves stealing scraps/junk to survive. Through them, we’re introduced and get a tour of Stone Star, a floating pleasure world. While we don’t see a ton of it, we see enough to get a sense of the world and two solid set ups for what’s coming next.

The art by Dunbar, with color by Espen Grundet Jern and lettering by Marshall Dillon is solid. There’s some solid designs to the characters and aliens that again at times feels familiar but unique too. The facility feels like you’re seeing the underbelly of an entertainment operation, going behind the curtain and into the halls of the support staff and stage hands. There’s a gritty and dirtiness about it all that makes the world lived in and combined with some solid perspectives and use of panels, creates a visually interesting world.

The comic is unexpected but quite welcome. The story is a solid introduction that has a nice set up for the second issue and the characters and world shown are intriguing to the point I want to find out more. What exactly Zub and Dunbar have planned, there’s two intriguing plot points, is unknown but where things go from this first issue feels like a story that I want to spend some time with and a world I want to explore.

Story: Jim Zub Art: Max Dunbar
Color: Espen Grundet Jern Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0
Recommendation: Buy
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