for anyone who is familiar with jim starlin and likes his work, this is essential reading. this is comic book storytelling at its best. for those of us who were blown away by jim starlin's dreadstar hand-painted illustrations and epic, fantastical storytelling in the origin of the story as it appeared in epic illustrated, i think we all wondered what starlin would do with the onset of computer coloring that took over comics in the 90's. this trilogy is the answer. and it is beautiful exiting art and compelling storytelling that draws you in, completely believing from beginning to end.
starlin fleshes out his imagined worlds so clearly and in such three dimensionality that you are never left wondering about some ambiguous part of the image anywhere on the page. he's a master of 1, 2 and 3 point perspective, so when a character moves through his backrounds, you know exactly where the character is standing where he came from, and where momentum is taking him. this clarity can be rare in more stylized comic book art.
this story has plenty of very cool looking humanoid monster creatures battling, climbing, leaping...and it has great leading characters with interesting motivations, interactions, narrative suspense and story arcs. and it has one of the coolest cities ever seen in any comic book - a surreal magical city in a dimension where the buildings are all brilliantly designed by starlin, like precise yet bizarre blueprints perfectly drawn in three dimensions.
i've tried to analyze how and why starlin visual storytelling is so unique and enjoyable. i haven't been able to completely nail it down, but i can tell you this - starlin comic books have memorable, big dramatic moments perfectly, clearly led up to, and perfectly, unforgettably punched home with maximum cathartic effect.
big, enjoyable, memorable, dramatic moments that instantly become iconic.
moments that you want to go back and read again and again.
this is the starlin trademark quality that is so unique to his work.
starlin's often symmetrical page layout with dual images and characters presenting story arcs lends itself very effectively to this iconic quality.