Comic Review: Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows: From the World of Black Hammer #3 (Dark Horse)

It’s a candidate for the comic with the longest name, but what does Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows (from the world of Black Hammer)#3, from Dark Horse, […]

It’s a candidate for the comic with the longest name, but what does Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows (from the world of Black Hammer)#3, from Dark Horse, have to offer?

Well, it’s issue 3, and Doctor Star is in outer space. Time is catching up to Doctor Star, so to speak. Little did he know, but flying off into a black hole would allow him to stay young, but the rest of the world would grow old in his absence. Oops.

We pick the story up where we left off; Star is now welcomed as a saviour and Star Sheriff Squadron leader in an outer space realm, but without his family, he feels empty. We get to know more about what happened with Doctor Star’s family in the 18 years while he was ‘away’, and it ain’t all great.

The graphics and story flow are really good in Doctor Star. Jeff Lemire is crafting a solid story with fascinating ‘old pulp’ concepts at the heart of it all. And Max Fiumara is a fine choice for illustrator; he manages to embue Lemire’s creatures and aliens with an ‘alien’ look, all the more appropriate. Dave Stewart is on colours.

This issue flew by pretty fast; it’s as if time stood still while I read it. Quite funny, perhaps, but also aided by the occasional double page spread and full-page panel. Perhaps time is catching up with Lemire, he is writing a LOT of work these days. Still, solid reading and good value!

Dark Horse, Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #3, $3.99 for 25 pages of content. Not rated

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!