Comics

Issue by Issue – Starriors #1

Writer – Louise Simonson
Artist – Mike Chen
Inker – Ian Akin, Brian Garvey
Colours – Julianna Ferriter
Letters – Joe Rosen

While the quest might be beginning, it is not off to a good start as this first issue by Louise Simonson and Mike Chen tries to pack every single thing they possibly could into it, thus making it a long and slightly confusing read at times. A person is able to get the gist of it all – there are two types of robots created by mankind called Starriors, the first called Protectors so that they might look after the planet and prepare it for the return of mankind one day and the other called Destructors who will defend the Earth from any type of alien invasion or threat. After having lived in harmony for dozens if not hundreds of years, the Starriors have begun to override their programming and so it is that the Destructors have enslaved the Protectors, the former not willing to wait for making any longer with the latter realizing that they need to get out in the world and help mankind along if they should so need it. The backstory of these characters is interesting and should make a good story as the Protectors set out at the end of the issue to find their creators but getting there was laborious and harder than it needed to be. At least eighteen different robots were introduced in this issue which is where the confusion would set in as there were numerous characters in every panel with too many of them looking similar to the other. Why Simonson could not have cut that number down or simply spread them throughout the series is a good question but one had to guess that was due to the fact that Starriors was also a toy line and this series would only comprise four issues. As for Chen, the man does a solid job of making this world real and he makes the robots interesting but it would have been nice to see some of them a little more distinct as far as the designs were concerned or at least change up the colour schemes from the simple red and blue used throughout. As it is and as a whole, the book was enjoyable and going forward, it is hopeful that it finds its path while giving some of the characters a chance to shine without being drowned out in a sea of voices.

2.5 out of 5

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