Image Comics Stellar #1 is a unique story of mystery mixed with Sci-fi. JOSEPH KEATINGE (Image Comics’ Savage Dragon and Shutter) takes us on a adventure with our female bounty hunter, Stellar, who hits few problems with Stallar’s past and present day. Artist BRET BLEVINS (DC Comics’s Batman and Marvel Comics’ Ghost Rider) bring the story to life with vibrant colors and creative panel layouts.
Here’s a brief description for of Stellar #1 from Image Comics:
“Stellar was taken as a child and transformed into the ultimate weapon, one that would end an intergalactic war. She succeeded…at everything except finding peace. Reduced to a bounty hunter, she scours the worlds she’s broken, searching for redemption. But there are other weapons loose in the galaxy, who just can’t leave the war behind them. JOSEPH KEATINGE (GLORY, SHUTTER) and legendary artist BRET BLEVINS (New Mutants, Sleepwalker) will transport you to another dimension, filled with crashed spaceships, fast-talking aliens, and ageless wonders.”
Writer JOSEPH KEATINGE pulls us in to a perfect paced for a first issue. The story brings you in with the Mystery of Stellar’s past when you see out Antagonist for this story are hot on Stellar’s trail, and will kill everyone and anything that comes close to our main character. As well as keeps you going by wanting to know why Stellar is such an amazing bounty hunter and will do anything, including hanging Stellar’s captive off the side of a cliff, to find out the information Stellar needs.
On the other hand, artist BRET BLEVINS falls short of what this comics art should look like. Rather than feeling like your reading a quality comic, the art feels more like your reading a webcomic that just so happens to be brought into print. On the plus side, BRET BLEVINS has a talented way of laying out his panels. By allowing the main art to be a background and letting the the tinier panel be on the forefront, much like a George Perez (DC Comics The New teen Titans) layout, Stellar #1 falls somewhat short of it’s aim but definitely has some potentially for a huge following.
Needless to say, Image Comics Stellar #1 is a good comics. Not the greatest, but good. For someone that cares more for story rather than art, this comic will suits you.