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Starsigns #1

70
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

SERIES PREMIERE

The constellations of the zodiac fall to earth, granting twelve ordinary people from very different walks of life the superhuman powers of the Starsigns. But each of them is about to learn that power always comes with a price…

Eisner-winning writer SALADIN AHMED (Miles Morales) and sci-fi star artist MEGAN LEVENS (Star Trek) launch an exciting new series about astrology, superpowers, and diverse found family, in the tradition of X-Men and Heroes.

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
31 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0C2QL7DPX

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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 92

    Comic Watch

    Writer Saldin Ahmed has shrewdly decided to lay the groundwork for a rich and satisfying comic book with character development rather than take the easy route of loading the first issue with action and worldbuilding that makes many first issues tedious. Stories about groups of individuals that are part of a limited cohort with similar powers (think Rising Stars) are made much more enjoyable when the focus is on the relationship dynamic between these characters. Starsigns #1 establishes the overarching premise adequately. Still, it’s a story about protagonist Rana Fawaaz. The book’s strength lies in the artful way that Ahmed introduces Rana – a caterer with great friends and family who seems slightly overwhelmed by modern life.

    (…)

    Starsigns #1 is a strong story opening with rich character development and the amazing talents of artist Megan Levens and colorist Kelly Fitzpatrick really make it soar!

  • 90

    AIPT

    First issues can be a challenge. You have to cover a lot of ground to get your reader invested while giving them a compelling story and setting up what’s coming next. It’s no small feat, but, Starsigns #1 manages to do it with an exciting hook, dynamic characters, and a good old-fashioned last-page teaser.

    (…)

    Starsigns #1 is a solid opening that does everything it needs to keep readers engaged. It gives readers a compelling lead, a mystery to solve, some beautiful artwork, and an ending worth continuing for. With solid writing and great art, Starsigns #1 is as good of an opening issue as possible.

  • 87

    Major Spoilers

    As the opening of a story about a group of people gaining mystical powers, Starsigns #1 is strong and interesting. Rana is a particularly likable young woman and I think her story will be entertaining.

  • 85

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Are you feeling overwhelmed today? The strong characters, appealing art, and intriguing premise of Starsigns #1 will converge to bring you joy. Despite the slow-paced introduction, you will look forward to seeing how Tatiana and Rana’s lives align and how they adapt to the changes destined to rock their worlds.

  • 80

    COMICON

    This latest issue is an emotional page-turner thanks to Peter J. Tomasi’s great script. While the story has been interesting up to this point, it’s been fairly formulaic. Now, it’s personal for Detective Dario Azzaro for reasons that can’t be revealed without giving too much away. But by shifting the focus of the story, Tomasi has transformed the routine to the mesmerizing. It’s a great and unexpected change that elevates the entire limited series.

    Unfortunately, the artwork is still holding the story back. Artist Maxim Simic’s style is too basic for this tale. Each character looks the same in every panel. There’s no telling if they’re excited or mad or running for their lives. Granted, the story deals with hardened detectives, but we should be able to understand what is happening with reading every word bubble. Frankly, Tomasi’s script deserves better.

    Colorist John Kalisz provides some pop on the pages at the right times. New York is a dark place, particularly when serial killers are involved. But Kalisz provides a nice sunrise as well as some other touches that help to brighten the mood.

    Tomasi is at the top of his game. With only two more issues left in the series, hopefully the artwork can follow his lead.

  • 80

    ComicBook.com

    It seems like the concept of a world-changing planetary change is all over comics these days, but Starsigns’ take on the premise manages to largely, and charmingly, stand out from the crowd. Saladin Ahmed’s script lingers just enough in the series’ central mystery, instead focusing on the emotional impact of its on its protagonist Rana. Megan Levens’ art handles the dynamic and otherworldly nature of the premise, while still keeping it thoroughly grounded in a quirky reality. By the end of the issue, you’ll hopefully be eager to see whatever else Starsigns has in store next.

  • 75

    Comic Book Revolution

    Starsigns #1 does everything you want from the first issue of a new comic book. The foundation around this new world of superpowers is easily understood without need for much explanation. The series lead in Rana Fawaaz has narrative that is presented in way you get invested in her story right away. That investment leaves you wondering how the change in the world will impact her and those around her.

  • 73

    Multiversity Comics

    “Starsigns” #1 is a curious book. On the one hand, this is clearly series that’s working to emphasize character building and small moments. In a first issue that features constellations disappearing and the protagonist gaining the power to freeze time, moments like listening to music on the couch and getting everything done on time at work are much more central to the narrative. It’s reflective of strong storytelling values that make this series easy to become invested in quickly. Rana is a likable, engaging protagonist with a lovable dad and an odd roommate. We know that she’s a quick study with her powers and that’s really the bulk of what we see happen in this debut.

    On the other hand, the execution in this debut is at least a little bit elementary. There’s nothing wrong with playing the hits structurally but generally one is better off playing them with more gusto or at least texture than we get here. After a riveting opening that teases the greater story being told, pivoting to the everyday life of the protagonist is a completely normal thing to do. But the dialogue (kind of a key thing when the only things you’re invested in showing us what someone’s home and work lives are like) is often middling. Almost all of the dialogue is so on the nose or expository that it’s hard to get much of value out of it. Plus, a lot of it just doesn’t feel natural (I’m looking at you, “I need to get my phone so I can post pics!”). A comic this invested in small moments should feel much more layered and real than this issue does. Even the big ones, like Rana discovering her ability, feel like their dialogue could be copied and pasted from any first issue of a comic where somebody gets superpowers. None of this is disqualifying by any means; this is an overall interesting debut. Now that the foundation is laid, it seems like there’ll be more room to explore that bigger story, which seems fascinating. But this deficiency is what’s stopping a decent issue from becoming a great one.

    The artwork in “Starsigns” #1 is incredibly reminiscent of that in Image Comics classic “The Wicked and the Divine.” There’s that same crisp linework and focus on making the environments and characters feel as normal as possible despite the grand machinations that we know are at work. Wardrobes are hip but very real twenty-something fare and Rana’s apartment feels lived in, helping reemphasize that this is a story about a completely normal person that we can easily relate to. The coloring works toward a similar goal, striking a great balance between groundedness and bold, expressive colors. The artwork is unsurprisingly at its best when the mysterious zodiac material is being tackled. We open with a simple but striking scene: the star signs over a snowy sky in bright colors and a group of researchers of some sort in the mountains. What could feel generic instead carries with it a grandiosity and sense of wonder. The fact that something big is coming is palpable from that first spread and it’s difficult to imagine not being fascinated to find answers after seeing it. Rana’s powers, too, are illustrated in an interesting way, with an orange aura enveloping her whenever they’re in use. It’s both aesthetically pleasing and it creates an effective shorthand for the series moving forward. Plus, it’s plain entertaining to see her move through these frozen settings.

    A strong premise, plenty of promise, and strong artwork outweigh an inconsistent script in “Starlings” #1.

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