Stargazer Issue 1

Stargazer Issue 1 Advanced Review 

Written By: Anthony Cleveland

Art By: Antonio Fuso

Colours By: Stefano Simeone

Letters By: Justin Birch

Edits By: Chris Fernandez and Brian Hawkins

Publisher: Mad Cave Studios

Release date:  September 2, 2020

Stargazer Issue 1 What’s it about?

Years ago, Shae, her brother Kenny, and two childhood friends experienced a traumatic, unexplainable event that left Kenny scarred for life. Kenny commits himself to the belief that what they experienced was an alien abduction. Twenty years later and the friends have since drifted apart, but the sudden, mysterious disappearance of Kenny leads the group to reunite and discover the truth of what took place all those years ago.

The Desert, 1999

The comic book opens in the Sahara Desert, 1999. Like any badass, Dr. Alreya has landed in a helicopter, ready to direct a team of agents, scientists, and military personnel. Samples have been collected and witnesses have seen the unspeakable. But what is going on? Turn the page and lo and behold, there lies what I can only describe as a beached whale. However, as a logical person, I cannot accept that it is just any whale. No, this must be a whale from a greater galaxy. A SPACE whale!

All hail the space whale

After the debut of this mystical, magical, and all-mighty whale (I know… I’m excited!) we travel to Birksville, Colorado. Here, we are greeted with one of the many awesome page layouts by artist, Antonio Fuso, and readers are quickly drawn into the friendship group of Kenny’s older sister, Shae’s. Now, I was only four years old in 1999 but I still see the appeal of strategy guides for games. I like things printed and in-hand, much like my comic books. As the group discuss how to play their game, ‘The Quest’, Shae breaks away for a heart-warming moment with her little brother who is excitedly looking at the stars. Until, of course, like Galactus, his hunger calls. And that’s not the only thing calling (Cue the X-Files theme). 

The events of the past still linger in the present

Flash forward and its present day. The kids are all grown up but Kenny needs help! Whatever happened in 1999, still haunts him today. Damn “sky people”. Leave our boy Kenny alone! Of course, if these mysterious aliens did start to ghost us Earthlings, we wouldn’t have a second issue of this book which would be a real shame seeing as it ends on a cliff-hanger. 

Our thoughts

Overall, I can highly recommend Mad Cave’s Stargazer #1! Writer, Anthony Cleveland, has planted the seeds to a sci-fi mystery I cannot wait to see unravel. I have already sung my praises for artist, Fuso, who is complemented so beautifully by colourist Stefano Simeone. The colour palettes used takes readers to the boiling heat of the dessert and to the intergalactic depths of space. And finally, a special shout out to letterer, Justin Birch, for his very clever use of SFX throughout the comic! I will be keeping a close eye on this creative team! 

For more information on Stargazer and more from Mad Cave Studios, check out their website.

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