Starborn #2

A comic review article by: Mike Prezzato
On the run from killer alien co-workers, Tara begins to reveal the truth to Benjamin..

To make a statement on this series as a whole so far: I've got to admit, the first issue of this book sure tricked me. I was expecting an almost typical good and evil origin story via Superman, et al, ad nauseum, and that's kind of what I got.

But wait...sometimes it's true that it's not what you say, but how you say it. The introduction to that issue gives just what you expected and then almost makes a joke out of itself with a simple, interesting take.

Getting back on track to this issue, this is the part of any hero's origin story where hard realities are just being revealed. Having nearly escaped getting killed by his now-alien co-workers, and rescued by his childhood love, it's no surprise Benjamin is having a hard time taking this all in. To top it off, things he thought that he had created himself are showing themselves to be as real as he and dealing with that may be the oddest part.

The various aliens races featured are pretty intriguing and almost reminded me of aliens from Ben 10. Although somewhat cliche' in their characterization, they are a great addition to the story.

You almost always know what's coming next, but it's a real fun ride. The flowing, occasionally anime art style and brilliant colors almost makes me think I'm looking at still frames from a cartoon adaption of Starborn. I'll be disappointed if they don't make a cartoon movie out of this, because it sure as heck deserves one. Randolph's pencils keep this thing in full flow, as Gerads' colors bring it to life. The colors especially make this feel like a new cartoon super hero flick.

With Roberson's writing, anything more would have been too much. He knows when to say enough and let this formula flow seamlessly. I'm really not sure how much input Stan The Man has on the script. I assume he created the characters and back ground stories, but I couldn't garner too much else except that this is a Stan Lee creation.

The only bad thing I've got to say is...too many alternate covers! "What?" you might say, "There's only three covers!" That's two covers too many. This isn't quite as a specific indictment on this title, but maybe to all companies who do this a bit much. A cover used to mean something and having multiple every issue seems to take away from having one really great, memorable cover.

Sure, it's simple and you've seen all these themes before, but if your inner kid can appreciate it for what it is. He'll thank you for picking it up.

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