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Silver Star Hardcover – Jul 31 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
Any fans of Kirby should own a copy of this Hardcover.
Bold artwork. Very colorful.
Everything you can expect from a Kirby comic.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
There is the Image Comics version of Silver Star and there is a TwoMorrows Graphite version of Silver Star.
The attached picture for the hardcover is showing the Image Comics version but when you click on 'View Inside' it has a disclaimer saying you are viewing the TwoMorrow paperback version. They are very different books and it could be confusing and misleading.
Amazon needs to show the correct cover for the book being sold AND have it be consistent with what is shown in 'View Inside' if they are offering that feature. The 'View Inside' is only for the TwoMorrows paperback graphite version.
Reviews have mixed both versions together which also is not helpful.
Amazon normally does a good job but they dropped the ball on this one.