The GeeksverseStan Lee’s Starborn #3 – Advanced Review

Stan Lee’s Starborn #3 – Advanced Review
Published on Monday, February 7, 2011 by


Written by: Chris Roberson
Art by: Khary Randolph
Colored by: Mitch Gerads
Lettered by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Art: A- Humberto Ramos w/ Edgar Delgado; B- Gene Ha w/ Blond
Editor: Bryce Carlson

In this issue Roberson offers some more answers and some more mysteries for poor Benjamin Warner. The “story” pages, used to illustrate the vision of Warner’s novel against the vision of Kirk Allen, are a nice effect. Tara had mentioned the stories as being part of Warner’s locked up subconscious leaking out. So that naturally leads us to wonder just who Kirk Allen really is/was and what his connection to the aliens and Warners race is. That the storypoint hadn’t been mentioned since issue 1, this serves as a nice reintroduction to it.

The pacing of this issue seems off. Roberson moves the story forward and uses the text to fill in the blanks. There’s a couple of points where the action jumps ahead and the conversation and narration answers the questions of what happened in the gap. At the end it’s not a bad device, but when used as they are leaving the EMP zone and Tara says “I told you” it doesn’t work well at all

So much of this issue is taken up by larger panels that it doesn’t leave much room for expostion narration.

The writing isn’t as strong in this issue as the previous ones. And the idea that a weapon was tethered within arm’s reach of Tara at all times doesn’t end up sounding cool but ends up coming across as pretty weird and makes me ask alot of questions that have nothing to do with the story. Questions like “was it solid”, “did it get entangled on stuff” and such.

Randolph’s art isn’t as strong either. Most of the issue is nothing but close-up shots of Tara and Benjamin, without much in the way of background behind them. The figures aren’t as crisp as before, they seems looser and not as solid. The basic storytelling and layouts are decent, but there’s just too much emphasis on the close-ups.

The color choices were a bit odd as well. The entire thing had a muted blue tone to it. I’m not sure if this was meant to indicate night. And if that’s the case then the colorist messed up at the end as Roberson makes a point of saying that it’s money, yet it’s colored as if it was still night.

Stan Lee’s Starborn #3 receives
3 out of 5

Not as strong as the previous issues but still an interesting story.

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