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The Savage Strength of Starstorm #2

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.

After a meteor destroys Grant Garrison’s new school, he attends the funeral of his deceased classmates. Among the attendees are fellow survivors and a group of punk rockers known as Nikki and the Outcasts. When the dead start rising from their graves, it’s up to Starstorm and the Outcasts to save the day and figure out what the hell is going on.

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Kindle Edition
Print Length
32 pages
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  • 80

    First Comics News

    The first issue introduced us to Grant Garrison, a teenager who gained such interstellar powers (Sounds Familiar!) so the second issue follows up on the aftermath of this huge meteor crashing in Grant’s high school where a slew of zombies rise from their graves, now I’m all for seeing zombies in a comic book when the story’s done right and there a well-thought-out purpose behind it (*Ahem*, Walking Dead) so it’s just bizarre how creator/writer Drew Craig just completely ignores Grant trying to come to terms with the powers that were bestowed upon him to just throwing him into to a conflict with zombies as well as a rushed romance between Grant and the daughter of a mob boss so with this issue, it seems to leave the Jim Starlin influence in the dust to give us this story that I feel doesn’t mesh well with the intergalactic aspects that Craig introduced in the first issue so after the goodwill that the first issue brought with it, I’m praying that Drew Craig gets things back on track before everyone leaves this title back on the shelf.

  • 77

    Comic Watch

    This book is not for everyone, but in its niche kernels of genius is something that’ll satisfy readers of old school indie comics. While definitely rough at the finer seams, it’s overall a relatively fun and breezy book.

  • 75

    Nerd Initiative

    The saga of Starstorm dips away from focusing on the main character to introduce some possible major players into the mix. Readers will enjoy the throwback feel of this story as it combines many elements with its’ blossoming origin.

    Craig and Finestone bring the always fun dynamic of zombies into the fold as the gear shift will be entertaining to fans that enjoy the superhero genre.

  • 70

    You Don't Read Comics

    The actual design of Grant’s suit and the visual component of his powers are cool enough. At the heart of the comic, Grant actually seems like a pretty fun idea for a character. It kind of feels like the story for the comic book might have been cobbled together from Frank Miller’s Daredevil and Jim Shooter’s Star Brand and classic superhero teens like Spider-Man, but I mean…it all fits together well enough that Craig’s really got something interesting in Starstorm. It just feels weird watching the thing take its first couple of shambling steps in its first couple of issues.

  • 20

    In the debut of The Savage Strength of Starstorm, readers were introduced to a mysterious teenager who gains tremendous, interstellar powers after making new friends and seeing their high school annihilated by an alien invader. The second issue opts largely to ignore all of that—summarizing most of the outcomes in a few lines of prologue text—and instead focus on a brand new student bound up in conspiracies involving the mafia and superheroes, none of which were present in issue #1. The series’ plotting reads like a brainstorming session with new ideas being introduced every few pages in a never-ending series of “and then.” Grant Garrison, the ostensible hero, drops into the background where he primarily asks questions about new characters or follows them on entirely disconnected paths. Combine that with the stiffest dialogue seen in superhero comics since the Silver Age and characters who, across the board, seem to possess only a single facial expression, and there simply seems to be no meritable facet to keep readers hooked. The frantic introduction of more than a half-dozen new characters, ninja assassin training, superhero squads straight out of 90s Image Comics, and even zombies builds toward nothing. Instead, they are thrown on the page like a heap of comic book tropes with no concept as to how they might cohere. Even the occasionally impressive layouts found in issue #1 are absent in pages so dense with unnecessary information they present no opportunity to admire what is original in Craig’s artwork. After two issues, it’s difficult to state what exactly The Savage Strength of Starstorm is about or why readers ought to take a chance on it.

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