“At last! The origin of Starman!” exclaims page one and it’s a doozy! Merria passes out from the shock of seeing our hero alive and we’re then treated to a flashback explaining how all of this came about. On page two we finally learn that Starman is actually Prince Gavyn, one of many who has a claim to the Imperial Throne. Since the Emperor was fairly young and healthy, Gavyn never seriously thought about ascending to the Onyx Throne and instead focused on competing in Gravity Ball tournaments.
Until… he discovered that the Emperor was dead. Under Imperial tradition, the council votes to pick one of the heirs to take the throne. The rest are executed to prevent any chance of civil war. Gavyn and his sister, Clryssa, talk about the old traditions and Gavyn promises that if he is picked, he will change the laws and spare his sister’s life — of course, we already know from pervious issues that Clryssa is about to named Empress, so that promise won’t come to pass.
We also learn that Gavyn and Merria are lovers, which explains why she was so moved by his return from the dead.
Back in the modern day, Merria revives and begs Gavyn to not fight his sister for the throne. He laughs and says “The stars really are mine now, more than they’ll ever be Clryssa’s — even if she is Empress.” He is here to protect his family, not battle them, it seems.
In more flashbacks, we see that when the council picks Clryssa to rule the empire, Gavyn begs her to do for him what he had promised to do for her — save his life. She refuses, citing the traditions of their people. In the aftermath, Gavyn rejected a chance to lead a rebellion, choosing to remain faithful to his sister. He is then jettisoned into space, where he is obviously supposed to meet his demise.
But… something happens to prevent that. We’ll learn what it was in our next installment.
The basic premise of the series is fascinating to me — that all other heirs would be killed and that his own sister would be unmoved by the loss of her brother. I suppose she’d grown up in this society and had always known it would be a possibility. Gavyn, though, seems a bit more soft-hearted.
Merria is okay at this point but hardly exciting — she’s very much the “Silver Age Girlfriend” that we’re all familiar with. Clryssa is more interesting to me, if only because of her willingness to throw her sibling into space to uphold tradition.
Not a whole lot of Mn’Torr here, though more will be coming in future issues…
Solid story and art — the creative team is finding its groove.
I mentioned in part one that DC was really pushing this series in its marketing — this issue has TWO ads for Adventure Comics. A half-pager that promises “The senses-shattering origin of the solar sentinel Starman begins here!” and then a full-page ad that offers a subscription to Adventure Comics. Starman, Plastic Man and editor Len Wein all appear on the ad, with Gavyn proclaiming “Adventure Comics is finally available via star-spanning bonus subscriptions!”
Good times. A 12 issue subscription would cost you only $4.00.
Plastic Man dominates the cover but Starman looks great in the lower right corner!
Creator of Action & Adventure fiction
Creating New Worlds
An Outrageous, Egregious, Preposterous, take on the legal issues of Seinfeld
The Official Website of John F. Allen writer.
Toys | Games | Movies | Comics and everything else in between
The Future of Pop Culture Writing
What's your distraction?
Old Movies. Fresh Takes.
We love comics.
Singing the praises of things that slip through the cultural cracks
Comic book and movie reviews!
Marvel and DC comics and community
Horror, Science Fiction, Comic Books and More
Fantasy and film reference writer.
Library of the Odd, the Obscure, and the Occult
Scribbler & Scholar
Art and Books
Pro Advice For Freelance Writers
Adam West’s Updates
"I'm a whole lot better and a whole lot worse than you think I am."-The Choir
Once a foster child, Always a foster child
Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Reviews and Discussions
T.V/Movie News & Reviews
This WordPress.com site is the bee's knees
The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.
"Find what you love and let it kill you." – Charles Bukowski
The Fantastic and Mundane Chronicles of an Aspiring Writer
1939 Dodge D11 Deluxe Luxury Liner
Defending the planet from bad science fiction
Movie critiques by a popcorn enthusiast
Writing is human communication tool and it brings out the real personality in you as a person.
Fresh takes on retro pop culture
I am the mistress of this blog and this is where I channel my inner domestic goddess
The collective writings and thoughts of that guy in the site title.
News, reviews, and commentary about superhero prose fiction
Geeky News, Reviews and Rants from a Working Class Super-Villain
A daily selection of the best content published on WordPress, collected for you by humans who love to read.
Worlds and ideas from my mind
Speculative Fiction Book Reviews and Sundry
A blog about the writer of THE NIGHT LAND and HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND