Saturday, June 18, 2005

The Stardust Kid

From the creative team of J.M DeMatteis and Mike Ploog, comes the first issue of "The Stardust Kid" from Image Comics. Riding off the success of Crossgen's "Abadazad," they have created another all-ages fantasy, this one, an amalgam of stereotypes. Including "old ones that predate humanity" and a Troll in Central Park - I mean, a creature who lives in a tree in a park within a big New York-like city, "The Stardust Kid" is about a boy who befriends a shape-shifting "old one" who turns him from the happy-go-lucky kid he was into someone who neglects his friends and is subdued when it comes to family. I was completely underwhelmed by this story, given how absolutely wonderful "Abadazad" was. In comparison, it was completely uninventive, unimpressive, and forgettable.

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