Review: Starlight: The Return of Duke McQueen by Mark Millar and Goran Parlov

Review: Starlight: The Return of Duke McQueen by Mark Millar and Goran Parlov

Review: Starlight: The Return of Duke McQueen by Mark Millar and Goran Parlov

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Hey all, Luke here back with another comic review! Today we are going to take a look at Starlight: The Return of Duke McQueen by Mark Millar and Goran Parlov. Originally published by Image Comics in March – October of 2014, It follows the story of an aged hero, Duke McQueen as he deals with the loss of his wife and the struggles of trying to keep his family together as his adult children drift farther apart.

This story is interwoven with flash backs of a young McQueen adventuring on a far off planet where he is being heralded with a giant statue, and seduced by one of their leaders. He opts to head home to reunite with the love of his life.

Cut back to the present and we see a kind of lost and confused Duke McQueen sitting around his house after being stood up for dinner by his kids on the one year anniversary of the death of his wife, when he gets an unexpected visitor.

Outside we see a Flash Gordon-esque rocket ship with a 12 year old kid exiting as it’s pilot. He tells Duke that Tantalus is in danger and they need their world’s most famous hero to help the resistance and overthrow the new bad guys.

Mark Millar’s writing is kind of what you would expect if you have read any of his other work. It flows very well and has some pretty funny lines thrown in there too. The story also flows really well, it also makes the transition form past to present stories very easy to understand. The panel lay out is very smooth as well.

The character design of old Duke McQueen was giving me really big Mr. Incredible form Disney’s the Incredibles. So as I was reading I was falling into hearing his lines in Craig T. Nelson’s voice and I had ZERO problems with it.

This book for me was really great, it gave me really big Flash Gordon and John Carter of Mars vibes. The visuals were amazing especially with the spaceships and the way Parlov drew the cityscapes. It just hit all the notes I was looking for in this book. Felt like a really well thought out Saturday morning adventure.

And finally after many years in production limbo the Starlight live action film has Joe Cornish (Attack the Block and The Kid Who Would Be King) attatched to direct. This is good news and I for one am excited to see how it all shakes out!

Make sure to check your Local Comic Shop for a copy of this great graphic novel!

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Luke Hunsaker, also known as The Podcaster Without Fear, is the host of The Nerd Dome Podcast. He also writes a comic book review column on thenerddome.com. You will also find him as a frequent panelists at Salt Lake City Comic Con, and Fan X.

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