The early 1990s comics scene was rapidly evolving and devolving. Perpetual bombast became the order of the day for mainstream superheroes, with weightThe early 1990s comics scene was rapidly evolving and devolving. Perpetual bombast became the order of the day for mainstream superheroes, with weightless, sketchy art styles coming into vogue. With the horror of that near-mandatory style the audience was especially subjected to insanely proportioned and posed women, and no one did anything but scowl and grit their teeth.
In the 1980s a black & white publishing boom flooded the marketplace, and while many books were professionally done, or at least had heart to make up for inexperience, there was an insane amount of drek. By 1994 there was such a backlash against b&w comics that made it difficult for even quality series to survive or even debut. One never knew if a series would continue long enough to finish a story.
Into this market came Teri S. Wood's wonderful science fiction epic, Wandering Star. Initially self-published with low key covers, from the very first chapter you could see there was a solid story coming. The artwork didn't have a mainstream polish, and definitely wasn't all lines-and-thongs, it featured a variety of intriguing alien beings and a heroine with natural, realistic proportions. The story of an interstellar war took off, and the characters we came to love forged their relationships in the conflict, politics, prejudice, and tragedies that unfolded. Death is not a gimmick here, but the all too real result of war.
Ms. Wood's personal tale found its most fervent fans and boosters through the pages of the Comics Buyer's Guide, first in reviews, then in letters of comment from readers who concurred. Then a pre-internet viral campaign began. CBG offered short classified ads for free to subscribers and fans began using their free ads to promote Wandering Star. There were issues where it seemed (at least in my memory) there were more free ads for Wandering Star than the other classifieds combined. People who normally would not have bothered submitting anything gleefully supported her efforts and the beloved series’ following grew.
And here we are today, 20 years later, celebrating and enjoying anew this beautiful volume collecting all 21 chapters of the acclaimed graphic novel. Dover has always manufactured quality books; even their paperbacks have stitched signatures that most of today's hardcovers no longer have. The cloth covers under the dust jacket is lovely in itself, and there's a color section with all of the covers and many prints reproduced in sharp quality.
Cheap at twice the price, do yourself a favor and fall into the future of Wandering Star....more
It's hard to believe Ben Bova actually wrote this tripe. It's rife with stupid characters, blatant contradictions, and a near complete disregard for tIt's hard to believe Ben Bova actually wrote this tripe. It's rife with stupid characters, blatant contradictions, and a near complete disregard for time scales. Incredibly disappointing considering the usual high caliber of his novels....more
I liked it, but it's Bova so that should go without saying. I think this is the earliest of his "Grand Tour" books. I'd probably have given it anotherI liked it, but it's Bova so that should go without saying. I think this is the earliest of his "Grand Tour" books. I'd probably have given it another star but I kept getting stuck whenever he mentioned "tape" and "film" - it just seemed so odd since the book is less than 20 years old. (Not his fault, of course.)...more