Star Mage Paperback – Dec 23 2014
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Darien is suddenly thrown into a quasi-Star Wars scenario and discovers his latent magic powers. All of which is silly, predictable, and lacking any semblance of actual drama. Darien is likable enough and his dialog is less stilted than the other characters, who are trying too hard to be godlike or badass.
This story might appeal to a very young audience (in fact, I suspect it would) but for more mature readers, it's just kind of dull. The art is a little too "gosh wow" for my taste.
Poor Darien Connors. When we meet him, bullies have tied him from the flagpole at his school. His father is an astronaut on his way to Mars, and no one has heard from him. But lucky Darien. He's about to find out some crazy unusual things about himself. He's from another planet and his parents are named Dalidor and Kaela, and he has two brothers. Except most of them are gone and one of his brothers (who looks old enough to be his dad) has gone evil. Good thing he's got innate wizard powers that never manifested to him while he was on Earth. Hmmm.
It's a story that's been done before, and, unfortunately, better. Also, made up names and spells are okay and part of speculative fiction, but the names for things in this were so weird that they sounded more made up than usual to me ("Isatumi!", "Girru" and "Dingergisbar" for example) and that becomes a problem because it kept pulling me from the story. Then there are all the plot twists that eventually became laughable. It was a quick enough read, but there are much better things you could be reading.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, IDW Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.