Issue by Issue – Silver Star #2

Writer – Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko
Artist – Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko
Inker – Mike Royer, Steve Ditko
Colours – Janice Cohen, Steve Ditko
Letters – Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko

A decade has passed since the events that took place in the previous issue and Silver Star, also known as Morgan Miller, sits in his veritable fortress, created with the powers at his command. A man named Walter Hammer has decided to come and visit him this day or more specifically, Morgan’s father and Walter is amazed every time he steps through the door for there always seems to be something new and amazing going on. As it is, Silver Star has been not only keeping him and his father safe but he has been looking for Darius Drumm, a villain he met when he first came into his powers and the man is beyond dangerous. Jack Kirby who along with Mike Royer and Janice Cohen create this book, introduces a character only to have Drumm kill him off and then go into the origins and makings of the man that Star would find himself on the opposite side of. It is an interesting story and unlike much of what Kirby would deliver in many of his other books, worth it for that fact alone. It all ends with Drumm attacking the fortress Silver Star has built and it nearly concludes with death while revealing that the little girl from the first issue, Tracy Coleman, is still alive in suspended animation as well as Star believing he might have a solution to the Darius Drumm problem. A final tale starring The Mocker by Steve Ditko is about a man/being who seeks justice by using his powers against men that are less than they seem to be. This second tale is not the best thing Ditko has ever put to paper, it being slightly confusing with a ton of story jammed into a ton of panels with the hero of the piece being far more mystery to the reader with little explanation as to why he does what he does. That being said, it does look good and it sets a good pace but it would have been nice to see a little less clutter so to speak with a little room to breathe where everything was concerned. As a whole, the book started off strongly with Kirby delivering another great piece of science-action featuring a character whom readers take for a hero even though he has done very little of anything as of yet and it all finished off on more of an adequate note for the aforementioned reasons though to be fair, any Ditko is good Ditko.

3 out of 5

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