VOYAGE TO THE STARS #1 hits stores on Wednesday, August 19th, bringing one of the most beloved sci-fi podcasts to comic books. Readers get up close and personal with a less than polished team of space travelers who happen to be the sole survivors of Earth’s recent destruction. But rather than giving up hope, they’ve decided to search the universe for answers and find a way to destroy the “Nothing” that took their home.
The story opens up with brief yet detailed recap of the protagonists’ current predicament, which is told through the characters’ interactions. This narrative technique is particularly effective in two ways: first, it relays key information pertinent to the story, and second, it gives readers an immediate look into each character’s personality.
From the conceited Tucker Lentz to the rational Elsa Rankfort, each individual offers a dynamic that makes the greater whole that much better. This is exemplified even further when the group finds a mysterious “guide” who is supposedly the last hope of the universe. Watching Tucker bemoan the fact that someone else is more important in this quest is priceless.
Ryan Copple and James Asmus’s writing is both hilarious and thought-provoking. We were thrilled getting to probe the mysterious of the Nothing while enjoying a laugh along the way.
The illustrations were a beauty to behold in this issue. Connie Daidone’s penciling and ink work crafted characters full of life, using a mix of flowing and sharp lines to showcase their movements and expressions. Reggie Graham’s coloring makes these images shine through the use of brilliant blues and purples in the midst of outer space. In addition, Andworld Design’s Justin Birch’s lettering engages readers with font styles that vary depending on the importance of each word, whether they be names of characters or notable “features” of the team’s mech robot.
VOYAGE TO THE STARS #1 took us out of this world. We’re excited to continue reading about the crew’s journey in future issues.
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