The GeeksverseStan Lee’s Starborn #1

Stan Lee’s Starborn #1
Published on Thursday, December 9, 2010 by

Published by: Boom! Studios
Created by: Stan Lee
Written by: Chris Roberson
Art by: Khary Randolph
Colored by: Mitch Gerads
Lettered by: Ed Dukeshire
Editor: Bryce Carlson
Cover: A- Gene Ha w/ Nei Ruffino; B- Humberto Ramos w/ Edgar Delgado; C- Khary Randolph w/ Etienne St. Laurent

The third of the new titles in Stan Lees Boomverse. This one is about Benjamin Warner, an office drone, who aspires to be a writer. His stories seem similar to another writer, from before he was even born, named Kirk Allen. Both write about a “Human Civilization” that exist in a solar system far away and are at war with a Hive collective. Warner had never read or heard about Allen before.

His first novel gets rejected and on the day it happens, his fellow office workers become drones straight out of his novel. Not to mention that an old friend from when he was a kid through college shows up and is one of the shape shifting Crimson Hand, also from his novel.

And she tells him that he has to escape the planet or die.

Roberson does a good job of keeping the story moving. It’s not complex or overly wordy but flows at a good pace and is interesting. He moves in and out of flashbacks, as Benjamin tells the story of writing his novel and finding out about Kirk Allen. It is a bit odd as Roberson has Benjamin doing the narrative like he’s telling a story to someone else. It’s in the present tense which makes it a bit odder. But Roberson’s script is easy going and he keeps it interesting.

The story itself is telegraphed. It’s pretty easy to see where it’s going and what Benjamin’s origin will be. The only mystery is the Kirk Allen character that was mentioned and how that relates to Benjamin. That it’s easy to guess where the story is going isn’t a knock though, as Roberson still keeps it relatively interesting.

I’m not a fan of this style of art. It has some Ramos, Roger Cruz aspects to it. Not something I’ve ever enjoyed. But Randolph is a good fit for this book. The style fits with the tone the script conveys. It’s still not my favorite style of art, but it works in this case.

Randolph has a good grasp of storytelling. His layouts are interesting and he does a good job with the mostly “talking head” and non-action scenes in the issue. He does a good job with the photographs of Benjamin and Tara, showing them at different ages. He captures the age well and makes each recognizable as they age.

Starborn #1 receives
4 out of 5

This seems like it’ll be the funnest out of the three new Stan Lee books.

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