The GeeksverseStan Lee’s Starborn #5 – Advanced Review

Stan Lee’s Starborn #5 – Advanced Review
Published on Monday, April 11, 2011 by


Written by: Chris Roberson
Art by: Khary Randolph & Matteo Scalera
Colored by: Mitch Gerads
Lettered by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Art: A- Matteo Scalera w/ Mitch Gerads; B- Tonci Zonjic
Editor: Bryce Carlson

Roberson is adding lots of depth and layers to the story.

Is Ben’s family good or bad? The other aliens act as if they were a family of tyrants. Even other humans react badly to Ben’s gauntlet. We have an explanation for why he wrote stories about the alien worlds which are his true home. The implants he was given were breaking down early.

But even though Ben is now in space, there are still some mysteries on Earth. We know that another author wrote similar stories and a spacecraft is discovered that is 70 years old.

Between not knowing what is right or wrong, if there is even a real right or wrong to the story, it makes the reader have a similar “what’s going on” feeling as Ben. It’s a refreshing take on a somewhat classic story. It adds layers to the story.

The member of the Pride, when he’s about to whip the woman, what he mentions adds more layers. Were the humans once the enslavers? Did the abused become the abusers?

And what does that say about Talon and Tara? Are they bad people? Loyal soldiers? Thinking they are doing the right thing?

Roberson does a great job at making none of them seem all that good. The council of aliens don’t come across as anyone I would trust. Tara does, but is she just a loyal soldier following orders?

Randolphs art is the weak part of this story, as well as the colors. It looks sloppy compared to other instances I’ve seen of his work. Sloppy and rushed. I think he’s spreading himself too thin with work on other books and it’s starting to suffer.

The colors are overpowering in scenes. Yes the inside of the demon ship should bath them in certain colors but it’s too much. Too overpowering and it makes the art look muddled. The effect chosen for the flashback is jarring as it’s different from the rest of the book.

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

The story is turning into a great one, it’s too bad the art doesn’t help it.

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