Published: September, 2018
Written by: Nasser Rabadi
Art by: Shawn Langley
Secret Comics, 28 Pages
Out of all the Comicsgate related projects that I backed on Indiegogo, this was the first to reach my door. Initially, I wasn’t going to support this one but Nasser Rabadi eventually won me over after appearing on multiple live streams on YouTube. He conveyed his passion for the project well and with such a low price point when compared to other Comicsgate offerings, I jumped on board.
For the most part, I liked this comic. However, there just isn’t enough room for the story to breathe and with two shorter stories tacked on to the end of this 28 page book, the main story suffers from a lack of depth.
In a nutshell, an alien arrives on Earth, his people are slaughtered, he gets away but then kills a family living in the woods. He is distracted by the storytelling of his final victim, however. But then there is a twist at the end, which I won’t spoil.
I think Nasser had a decent story but the characters’ motivations and behavior weren’t really explored in anything more than a topical way. But this is still a good start, he just needs to develop characters more and fine tune his plotting a bit. He should find good writers in his circle of other creatives that can critique his writing when it’s still in the creative process. This is how artists get better and grow. As an artist, it’s something I do on a daily basis with colleagues.
The two shorter stories at the end were way too quick to really get a proper feel for. I’m also not a fan of comic book stories that are only a few pages. I don’t typically read anthology comics for this reason. I want to understand a story and its characters, as opposed to having a kernel of an idea that doesn’t have the room to grow and breathe.
The one thing that really stands out for me is the art. Shawn Langley did a stupendous job in that regard. I love the design of all the monsters featured within the pages of Stardust. Also, Langley’s use of a strong chiaroscuro style makes the imagery pop.
Stardust may not have fully satisfied me but it was definitely worth what I paid for four copies. It was a better experience than most of the modern horror comics that have come across my lap in the last few years.
Pairs well with: Alterna Comics sci-fi and horror offerings, as well as recent horror comic Peek-A-Boo.