Comic Book Reviews - Starborn #11 Review


Created on October 9, 2011 and written by
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Starborn #11

Rating: 3/5
Publisher Name: Boom! Studios
Publisher Website: http://www.boom-studios.com/

Writer: Chris Roberson
Pencils: Kerry Randolph
Colors: Mitch Gerard
Number of Pages: 24
Price: 3.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: A – Appropriate for age 9 and up.

Publisher’s Blurb:
STAN LEE’S STARBORN continues to be NOT OF THIS WORLD! With the epic crossover that fans have been clamoring for in full swing, Starborn, Soldier Zero, and The Traveler fight villainous forces on opposite fronts, working together to save the planet. SUPERMAN’s Chris Roberson and SPIDER-MAN’s Khary Randolph bring you an explosive Stan Lee superhero issue that will change the universe as we know it!

Reviewer’s Comments:
This is a “sins of the father” type story where our young protagonist, Benjamin Warner” seems to have inherited much more than he ever bargained for. It seems his father and his fathers before him had enslaved a good deal of the alien races that make up what is known as the Civilization.

Naturally once freed, these alien races were a bit miffed with humanity and turned the tables on them, enslaving their former captors. In this universe however, Earth is not the only planet that humans call home. Humans are scattered throughout the galaxy and until recently most races never even knew Earth existed.

Now that cat is out of the bag the Civilization feels humanity in such great numbers is a potential threat and they’ve arrived on scene to exterminate a planet full of humans ignorant to the Civilization’s existence. Enter Benjamin Warner.

Having read the entire series thus far, I must say that Ben’s transformation from everyday struggling author to the hero Starborn has been quite a rapid one. I enjoy watching characters grow into the hero they are destined to become and aided by the “implanted memories” his parents gave him he is quickly mastering his role as Starborn.

The cover by Jonboy Meyers is impressive and eye-catching although a bit misleading. Interaction between Starborn, Soldier Zero and the Traveler has been very minimal in this series with not much more than mentions that they exist in the same universe.

Kerry Randolph’s pencils combined with Mitch Gerards colors are clean, bright and pleasing on the eyes as they thrust the story through the panels that fill the pages of this book.

Admittedly, I was a bit apprehensive about whether I’d like these “Stan Lee” books or not. Starborn has eased those concerns and I’d recommend this book to new and old comic book fans alike.

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