"The second I get a contract on the novel, I'll quit my crappy job, and make something of myself"
When it comes to Stan Lee's BOOM! universe, the 'little publisher that could' definitely left the best for last. Starborn #1 is one of the greatest first issues I've read in along time, and my clear favourite of Lee's BOOM! explosion leading out of the starters gate.
Meet Benjamin Warner, he's trapped in a carbon-copy office job, with a carbon-copy life. Get up, work, sleep and repeat, with all spare time and thought channelled into his sci-fi novel Human Civilisation, in the hopes it and he will get discovered and he'll finally have the life/job of his dreams. Well, he's about to get both, just not the way he was expecting.
It seems before his time another author Benjamin's never heard of wrote simillar galactic themed stories and no one wants him or his 'second hand' tale. Except that is for the hive minded warriors that turn up to take in the dejected average joe, ones that appear just like the villians of his fictional creation.
From there, the book kicks the fun into overdrive with shape-changing warrior women, reunions, exploding buildings and alien attack parties. All in one issue, by a creative team all on the fast-track to the top.
Writer Chris Roberson (the pitch-hitter that has been called in to handle the remainder of JMS's Superman arc) has an amazing knack for natural dialogue and pacing.
Having read his skills here, I am 110% certain his run on Superman will extend beyond the length of JMS's forecast run, and hopefully drive more attention towards this book. How well Chris hears such a new character's voice is amazing.
If one part of the book is worthy of obsession though, it is the art of Khary Randolph and colourist Mitch Gears. Not only is it bold, clear and distictive, the idea of creating three different visual looks for Ben's past, his present and his self created fictional universe is a stroke of artistic genius.
As a reader it helps you keep track of where the pace has teleported to next, and just makes for one pretty damn trippy comic. Trust me, if you need a stocking filler for any reason or only step outside the 'Big Two' once this year make this title it.