Sea of Stars #1 by Jason Aaron and Dennis Hallum (Writers), Stephen Green (Artist), Rico Renzi (Colorist), Jared K. Fletcher (Letters and Design)
Anything Jason Aaron is an automatic pickup for most readers. Funny thing is, I had no idea this was an Aaron book until I opened the first page. I was really drawn in by the art: the vibrant colors, the smooth contours, and the out-of-this-world style of that creature on the cover. I think it's kind of a blessing in disguise to delve into a book not knowing much about its creative team; the expectations get set too high oftentimes and one can be let down. That said, I did really enjoy this issue so let's get to it.
Kadyn, a nine year old kid, is forced to go with his father off-earth on a work-trip. They're hauling the remnants of a museum some light years away and bringing them back to their home planet. Kadyn's nine, so you'd think he'd be awed by space; but no, it's boring. He wants to see the cool stuff. Apparently, there really isn't any in most of the great unknown. Careful what you wish for, kid. While meandering off to check out the relics of this museum, Kadyn and his father are attacked by a sea creature and all hell breaks loose. The story goes from sci-fi adventure to heartfelt father/son drama really quickly. Separated now, will Kadyn find his father and vice versa?
Aaron and Hallum nail it with this one. Again, I had no real expectations going in, and was so pleasantly surprised by the story and the one-eighty it took in the middle. I thought it was going to be a sci-fi adventure full of space monsters and crazy scenarios. It still is, but there's a human aspect to it. A father who can't lose his son after his wife passed, and a son who can't be alone after he's lost his mom. This could be a real epic.
The art is what drew me in. It has that Image Comics feel. I can't explain it, but I'm sure most readers know Image has done a great job of bringing in artists who draw outside the lines. Green and Renzi really paint a beautiful picture. There's so much purple, something I haven't seen quite often, and it really works. Green's style is almost Calvin and Hobbes meets 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's truly a pleasure to see. Feltcher's lettering is very Image-esque as well, and it complements the entire story. I love the cover page lettering design with its absence of color; very much a metaphor for space.
Definitely pick this one up, it's a great first issue and could be the beginning of a sprawling epic.