Comics

Issue by Issue – Starriors #4

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

The Protectors are assessing their current situation as they discuss their options, the only real one being to continue on their trek to the battle station found earlier in order to wake up those that sleep below it, namely mankind. Having been created along with the Destructors to perform certain jobs while they rested in suspended animation, man would have no idea just how far away from their original programming these robots would have ventured as evidenced by the fact that the Protectors now gird themselves for war if need be. As for the Destructors, they march onwards, their leader Slaughter Steelgrave of one mind, aiming to destroy the Protectors, mankind and anything else that stands in his way. As they get closer to their goal, defectors arise and Steelgrave is intent on putting them down and yet, they manage to escape his wrath and join with the Protectors as they still believe in the goals they had been programmed with. Louise Simonson wraps things up by ramping up the action and the tension that is felt on both sides. As the end goal nears, the robots know that there is going to be at least one more battle and it is the one that will decide all of their fates, for good or bad. This issue ends things in style, far better than how the series started out and it puts the reader on the edge of their seat, waiting to see what happens next as one thing after another builds and builds until it is a cauldron that is bubbling over. All of it ends the way readers would expect it to, the Protectors finally making it to the battle station, gaining the upper hand for but a moment so that they might awaken their creators. As for the men they awaken, they are surprised that they have slept so long, that their creations have gained a sentience and independence of their own and it all concludes with a peace of sorts though the Destructors remain somewhere out there, lying in wait for the day they might rise again. With only four issues to its name, Starriors would do the best that it could, starting a little rough but finishing strongly, the shame being there would be no more issues to follow. If one can find it, the series is definitely worth a look.

3.5 out of 5

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