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5.0 out of 5 starsStarstruck!
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2011
I was quite happy to see that Starstruck was being reissued. I read most of the comic back in the 80's (Never could find issue 5) and wished that it could have kept going. I snagged the graphic novel and so was tickled to see that this version was being released. The artwork is beautiful. Kaluta is one of my favorites. The additional material is a great bonus.It can really be seen that he did a lot of additional work and the story is fleshed out with a lot of details. The only complaint that I have is that some of the material from the first comic books isn't included.I suppose it may be an issue of who owns the rights. At any rate this is a really cool book and I highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 starsSTARSTRUCK Is As Essential As WATCHMEN, And More Fun!
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2011
This is the most essential Graphic Novel you've never read.
Blasting off first in the early 80's, STARSTRUCK was easily as good as WATCHMEN, SANDMAN, DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, and the other Adult Renaissance titles. In truth, it was better, because it was more ambitious, subversive, and funnier. And it did it BEFORE all of them.
STARSTRUCK wasn't for teenage boys. It was for sharp adults with a sense of wonder. And it was for Riot Grrrls who were too young to know about it yet. It took its cues from Robert Altman dialogue, Winsor McCay and Moebius' art, and the PostPunk era of feminism. Let's face it, those 80's classics were great, but too locked into teen fantasies of aggro-men, which was a grim deadend. So this riotous space opera with a spectrum of powerful women completely blew fanboys' volts then. Macho angst had its minute, but now we can catch up to the real revolution.
What is it? STARSTRUCK is Riot Grrrls taking over the universe by hook and crook. In an anarchic future, two dynasties vie to divvy the universal pie. Caught between are Galatia 9, Brucilla The Muscle, Erotica Ann, and the strongest and most diverse array of women (read, human) that science fiction has never seen. Throw in psychic nuns, corrupt Girl Scouts, hardboiled bartenders, headless sex droids, amazon clones, and samurai robots. It is complex, shocking, outlandish, surreal, whipsmart, knee-slapping, half-insane, and five steps ahead. It'll make your brain stretch and your belly shake.
But this is no retro time trip. STARSTRUCK is still light years ahead of anything being made, whether in comics, in novels, or on screens. The series was rich then, but richer now. This stunningly handsome volume is an all-new remastering of the stories that elevates it even higher. Elaine Lee has expanded the hilarious Glossary, Michael Kaluta has extended the art on every page by 20%, and Lee Moyer has repainted it with the most lush color job imaginable. Add to this the previously unpublished Galactic Girl Guides romps, the geyser of extra goodies, and the extra-tall size of the book...and you have a gorgeous Graphic Novel that puts all others to complete shame. The book is beautiful, and the contents are unbeatable.
Fans of STAR WARS, FIREFLY, FARSCAPE, Alan Moore, AEON FLUX, Grant Morrison, HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE, Allison Bechdel, MONTY PYTHON, Phillip K. Dick, TANK GIRL, Thomas Pynchon, FUTURAMA, LOST, Funkadelic, BATWOMAN, DOCTOR WHO...this treasure trove is for you.
This is smart art for hip people.
Buy STARSTRUCK now, and give copies to friends; the future is better than ever!
For years, Starstruck has always been at the top of my reading list -- when I could get my hands on an issue. I never suspected that a compilation would run to 360 pages. And what a compilation it is: impeccable printing, glorious color, each page so complex you can stretch it out for days of reading, and at the end, start over again. It is also a perfect present for anyone you know that likes comics -- I gave two away last Christmas!
5.0 out of 5 starsA long overdue colletion of a comics classic
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2011
I fell in love with the "Starstruck" series back in the 80's. I'm so happy this collected edition is available, with tons of extra material. This is a gorgeous edition that showcases Kaluta's art, perhaps the best of his career. It's grand scale (often hilarious) science fiction starring two of the most kickass heroines ever to grace the comic book page. Absolutely enthralling. The perfect comic to lose yourself in (and how often does that happen anymore?).
What a beauty! This oversized edition, the format is larger than the regular IDW comic editions, is truly wonderful. Now you really can enjoy the fantastic Kaluta art even more, and with the new great digital coloring as topping. I've been a fan since the eighties and it can't get better than this.
The blurb for this book says "The first truly comprehensive collection of this material..." Yet the story in this collection ends one issue into the six issue 1985-6 Marvel series, with "to be continued" on page 209. Okay...when?
I hate to give this collection a bad review, because what is here is spectacular. But the promotional material calls this "comprehensive", and this simply isn't.
Well, I dunno.... I missed this when it first came out in the 1980s, but I love Mike Kaluta's stuff, especially the old DC Shadow issues. The artwork IS sensational, as is the conceptual vision, but I find the story/writing pretty hard going. The scripting is clunky, lacking flow. It's kinda dialogue by characters that are clearly well developed in the mind of the writer, but they are not known to us, and their dialogue is just topical stuff that they are saying. But good comic writing is more than that: it should be introducing and developing characters for us, it should be propelling and expounding the story, complementing the artwork, to produce a seamless whole. The best kind of comic writting is when you don't even notice it. But this stuff just stands there in the way, yelling look at me but not telling us very much while the visuals go off in 20 different directions in each frame. It's kind of like a Terry Gilliam film (think Brothers Grimm or the worst bits of Baron Munchuasen, rather than Brazil). I will revisit this review when I have acualy managed to read this through, but while the art beckons me further the writing is a turn off. Buy this for the art or to collect, but if you are into comics for a great immersive narrative experience I don't think you will find it here.
This is a long-overdue re-release of the 1980s series, with all its nouveau artwork, hilariously OTT story-line and almost over-whelmingly multi-level/-textual output still relevant today.
The book itself contains the original artwork, now beautifully recoloured, and collected together with the glossary that suffixed each issue, and a (previously unknown to me) collection of "Brucilla the Muscle - Galactic Girl Guide".
Be warned / advised however - this book does NOT contain the full and complete Starstruck series, instead it ends, strangely, at the end of the first issue of the Marvel Starstruck comic series (released Feb 1985), with the two women hiding out "on the planet Alias".
The subsequent 5 issues are not included; instead, the following page has a big "to be continued" sign on it - and then it's on with the multiple extras.
I'm assuming (and fervently hoping) that this means there's another deluxe Starstruck coming out in due course. The story needs its proper ending, with all its multiple and baffling threads currently spiralling out being drawn back in. Perhaps there are more installments beyond the 1985 comic series that I'm not aware of...
Don't hold back though - this series is a bona-fide cult classic and should not be missed, and the book itself is superbly and reverently put-together.
Elaine, Mike and the team that worked on this book (Lee Moyer and Todd Klein) did a tremendous job of making this objet d'art a true gem in my collection. I'd waited more than thirty years for it, and I was not disappointed. Can't wait to get the follow up.