Issue by Issue – Silverblade #1

Writer – Cary Bates
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Klaus Janson
Colours – Joe Orlando
Letters – Gaspar

Jonathan Lord is a movie star, now retired and living in the past, trying to capture the feeling of those moments where he used to be on top when he was young and fit and had the whole world in front of him. His past is all he has, his films an escape into what was and still is inside his mind, though it does not represent the reality of what is, that too being something he is all too aware of. The only person who has stuck around him through the years is Bobby Milestone, once a child actor himself and only staying for the money, but money can only take a person so far as the abuse he suffers at the hands of Lord has become far too much to take. While writer Cary Bates introduces the reader to the main players, he also does as such with the instigating factors which will change Lord’s current situation including that of a new film being announced called Silverblade, a remake of a film he considers not only his own, but his very best. When Bobby quits in spectacular fashion, Lord is left on the floor cradling his past and wishing he could be what he was and so it is that his wish is granted, though by what or whom is never revealed. In addition to all of this, there is a plot taking place dealing with a man who wants to get revenge on Bobby for something that happened when he was but a child and out sick for the day, requiring the film studio to get a fill-in for the role where said fill-in was injured. As the book wraps up, Bates has the newly rejuvenated Lord rescue his former man-servant, his only friend and he does so with some incredibly wild and unbelievable powers. Bates writes an interesting tale, one filled with hopes and dreams that vary depending on the character in the spotlight, running the gamut of those that were dashed to those with revenge and it becomes even more so as the book reaches its eventual conclusion. Making it come to life is the legendary Gene Colan whose pencils can depict the normal and the extra-normal in an equally thrilling and extraordinary manner. What matters even more though, is that these two creators, with some additional help, make it intriguing enough that readers want to see what happens next.

3.5 out of 5

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