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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (July 24 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582407649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582407647
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #584,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great book.

Any fans of Kirby should own a copy of this Hardcover.

Bold artwork. Very colorful.

Everything you can expect from a Kirby comic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Innovative presentation, but... Jan. 1 2007
By Sabu 44 - Published on
Format: Paperback
First the good stuff:

I loved the format of the book. The introduction is informative and well-written. Numerous sketches are included. The original screenplay proposal comes along with all this, and everything is done on a high-quality paper. In a nutshell, the reader gets to know as much as he wants about the Silver Star.

Most importantly, there is the art. Jack's pencils are tight and easy to follow. There are quite a few pages of fully inked artwork inserted in this graphic novel, so a reader gets a great comparison and a feel for Kirby's creative process. The lettering is all printed in a polished and professional way. The end result of this is a peek at the early stages of a Kirby work without the reading experience being reduced at all.

Lastly (for the good), is that this is a JACK KIRBY graphic novel. I would agree that this came after Jack's prime. There are a couple sequences where story inexplicably jumps forward. However, EVERY page still contains brilliance. The art is bursting with energy. Shadows, backgrounds, gestures, expressions... it is all there and it is fantastic.

The story is a fine example of Kirby's creativity. Jack's best stories contain timeless and important themes and ideas. Both the Eternals and New Gods dealt with technology and mythological themes. Jimmy Olsen, believe it or not, had genetics and cloning in its best storylines. Reading these stories today, they still seem relevant and even cutting edge to me. The Silver Star also contains these big concepts. Silver Star also has Darius Drumm... Jack's best bad guy since the incomparable Darkseid!

Now for the bad:

Kirby was perhaps the greatest comic artist ever. I also touched upon his gift for big ideas and grand concepts. However, having a super-powered imagination and being an mega-talented artist does not mean a man is automatically a great writer. In this work, I have to admit that my enjoyment of the art and the cool concepts (in Silver Star, Jack again dives into genetics and technology) was dampened by huge plot holes, corny dialogue, a love interest sub-plot that did not work at all, and a puzzling ending. I understand it is a comic book that isn't shooting for realism, and I can suspend my disbelief. Despite that, I still felt the storyline just did not come together in a satisfactory way.

To sum up, I think anyone really into Jack Kirby, superhero comics, or great comic art will love this book. For the rest of us, it is a pretty good ride, but a far cry for The Eternals of The Fourth World stories.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A decent Kirby villain steals the show from a useless Kirby hero. Sept. 2 2010
By shaxper - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Silver Star is very much a "phoned in" effort by Kirby, an attempt to make a little more cash towards the end of a brilliant but largely unprofitable career, without much concern for care and quality. Norma Richmond's face frequently and spontaneously turns into the shape of a football as her breasts explode and jut out to the sides, only to have both return to normal proportions a panel later, a key character who dominates the first half of the first issue is completely forgotten by the third, and the dialogue is horrendously stilted and corny...even by Kirby standards.

Still, the one quality that stands out as being worthwhile in this volume is the villain. This should be no surprise as Kirby has always been the king of arch villains, frequently making them even more appealing than his heroes. How many of us are bigger fans of Doctor Doom than Reed Richards, Galactus than Silver Surfer, Darkseid than Orion? Indeed, the mad and religiously fervent demigod Darius Drumm is a fascinating speciman, and Kirby clearly understands that, giving him the center stage in this series. For, even though it's called "Silver Star," we learn more about Drumm's origin than Silver Star's, spend far more time analyzing his psychology and world views while SS is just a goodie goodie trying to stop him, and even the climax of the series, though involving SS from the sidelines, is more about Drumm standing in the way of himself. Drumm is the star of this series and the one quality that makes it worth reading.

Unfortunately, in contrast, Silver Star is a dull and relatively useless hero, bringing no personality to the story and repeatedly failing to save literally millions of lives while only managing to protect the three people closest to him. In all the Kirby classics, even while the villain stole the spotlight, he shared a special connection with the hero that somehow made the hero and his struggle more interesting. For Doom, it was his rivalry with Reed Richards and his hopeless love for Sue Storm. For Galactus, it was his reluctance to harm his formerly loyal servant. For Darkseid, his secret relationship to Orion was virtually all that made Orion an intriguing character.

Drumm and Silver Star bear uncanny resemblances to Darkseid and Orion, both visually and by the fact that they are both uber-powerful gods, even while the villain is hopelessly more powerful than the hero. Yet Darkseid and Orion share that secret relationship, and from that stems so much of the interpersonal drama of the series, so much of the investment in Orion's struggle. In contrast, Silver Star and Drumm have no deeper connection beyond the fact that they are both near-gods and SS is bent on stopping him. There's no buy-in for SS's character beyond the hopeless frustration he feels as he repeatedly fails to stop Drumm (though this borders on Kamandi-level whining).

In the end, there's a lot wrong with this volume, but if you can tolerate the hero long enough, the villain just might make the read worthwhile. And be sure to read Jack's original movie treatment from which this comic was derived at the end of the volume. Jack clearly put a lot more care into the would-be Silver Star movie than he did the comic. And Norma Richmond/Jayne Davidson, the invulnerable movie star who drives herself off of cliffs and straps herself to bombs, had serious pin-up potential.
Every Kirby fan should have this one!! May 19 2014
By Ricky Killingsworth - Published on
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I have pretty much everything ever done by Jack Kirby, and had to some extent been hesitant on this book. I had heard several bad reviews, that it was not up to the King's earlier works. Well, those people were wrong. Jack Kirby was, in my opinion, never a great writer, but instead was without a doubt the best "STORYTELLER" of a generation and beyond. His words were clunky, his scripts brief and punch-happy at times, but this was his style. Kirby gave you the story in it's most raw form. He could tell that story with a power that nobody else could hope to equal (Stan Lee succeeded in smoothing out the voices, but it was always evident that Kirby was driving the Imagination wagon!). Silver Star will never be mistaken as one of his finest works, but as it stands, it is better than most of the current drivel that is being put out today!! In short, it's an amazing experience for a true comic book geek!!!
Great format. Jan. 29 2014
By Chris Roden - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Kirby was past his writing peak when Silver Star was published, but his artwork was still great. This graphite edition shows Kirby's pencils before the inkers added their own style to his work. Consequently, this version allows Kirby fans to get a sense of what Kirby saw on his basement drawing board day after day. Some of the panels are inked since Kirby didn't make a copy of those pages, but for the most part Jack copied his Silver Star work. Overall, it's facinating for those interested in the pencil art of Jack Kirby.
Kirby Graphite June 22 2013
By Leonel L. Rossi - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Its Kirby in pencils- for most of it- there are some panels and pages that are inked- but it's still Kirby raw- add it to the collection TODAY!!

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