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The Savage Strength of Starstorm #1

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Based on 9 critic ratings.


Orphaned amnesiac high school student Grant Garrison is just attempting to navigate his present and recall his past when a meteor decimates his school. In the rubble, Grant discovers a strange artifact from another galaxy, the weapon known as the Starstorm, and the power that resides within it will determine not only his and his friends’ future—but the fate of the entire universe.

Featuring a variant cover by DEADLY CLASS artist WES CRAIG!

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Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
28 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    First Comics News

    This series is basically a love letter to the comics from the 80s (The best era of comics I can be honest and the 90s (Which is looked at with disgust); The title’s main character, Grant Garrison, an orphan who suffers from amnesia finds himself as a new school (Cleverly called “Kirby High School”) to where he navigates the usual cliches and elements one has to endure when it comes to being in H.S.; Things quickly escalate when a meteor comes crashing down with Grant coming in contact with an artifact that bonds with him, where it gives him powers and soon, Grant has his own trial by fire when he faces off against a monster. The creative team of Drew Craig and Jason Finestone manage to take every familiar troupe one would find in a comic book origin and manages to make it enjoyable even though some of it can be familiar yet predictable (It’s basically Green Lantern and Blue Beetle meet Invincible but throw in a Jim Starlin plot and this is the result); Yes most of the issue goes for more splash and style and this series does look like it came straight out of the early days of Image Comics but in the end, it’s still a great superhero story that has lost of promise but it also shows the readers that yes, every now and then Image can still stumble upon a superhero story that captivates the audience while trusting that the creative team and deliver the goods.

  • 94

    Comic Watch

    The Savage Strength of Starstorm #1 takes everything you love about superheros and science fiction and distills it into a fresh and new adventure. The issue wastes no time in setting everything up from the melodrama to the high flying action.

  • 80

    Nerd Initiative

    Craig and Finestone introduce readers to a new hero with a modern throwback style all his own. Blending in classic sci-fi storytelling with excellent art, THE SAVAGE STRENGTH OF STARSTORM #1 is sure to please fans looking for a new superhero universe to add to their collection.

  • 70

    Graphic Policy

    There’s something a bit throwback about The Savage Strength of Starstorm #1. But, that’s not necessarily a good thing. It’s concept takes centerstage leaving us characters who we’re given little reason to care about. And the concept, so far, is something we’ve seen many times before, again, leaving little reason to get excited about what happens. Maybe the comic improves and delivers something original eventually, but for a start, it feels like an adventure we’ve seen far too many times before.

  • 70


    Overall, the illustrations align with the story’s tone, and Drew Craig does a superb job of managing both writing and artwork. The Savage Strength of Starstorm #1 has great potential, and I can’t wait to read the next installment of what I think will be a sleeper hit series.

  • 70

    You Don't Read Comics

    Craig could drop the interpersonal drama altogether, and the title wouldnt suffer at all. Judging from the intensity of the action and the way Craig directs it across the page, the entirety of the story could rest on action and drama with Grant and the weapon hes wielding. Its where Craigs strengths lie. Focusing on that exclusively would make Starstorm that much more of an original on the comics rack. As it is now, Craigs trying to do a little more than hes capable of carrying with his art and writing. His talent doesnt quite have the range for what hes attempting in the first issue.

  • 60


    Overall, I enjoyed the book. It’s fun, nostalgic and will appeal to fans of the classics. Craig does a great job of blending elements from eras of comics. I’m looking forward to seeing the next issue and the progression of the story.

  • 43

    Major Spoilers

    Maybe I’m a sucker for a throwback, but The Savage Strength of Starstorm #1 has weirdly fascinating art that I’d like to see more of, tied to a plot that’s honestly a little paint-by-numbers, but gets the job done. It’s not a great comic book, but it’s one that.

  • 30

    There’s a moment in The Savage Strength of Starstorm #1 in which the series’ hero Grant Garrison—an amnesiac high schooler with no discernible personality or connection to the power he wields—tells a high school bully that are so “so clichéd.” It rings with groan-inducing irony because every character and beat found in the issue reads as being clichéd to anyone who’s read more than a half dozen superhero comics. The mysterious leading man who’s new to Kirby High (ugh) is surrounded by a new friend who’s in trouble for reading comics, a cute girl who likes geeky stuff, and a bully with the last name Dumbeldore. What makes these far too familiar tropes unbearable is dialogue that often reads like a joke about how adults write high schoolers; every line is familiar in the worst way. The inevitable revelation of special powers and external threats boils down to absurdity as seemingly mundane human beings shrug off the obliteration of their high school and continue speaking as though they are at lunch. There’s little relief to be found amidst a story with no more depth than a puddle, but there is some artistic skill upon display in pages that pay homage to early Image Comics with bold villains and a spread filled with horizon-aimed starships. It’s not nearly enough to redeem the issue, but it’s better than a poorly drawn version of this non-starter.

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