Writer Jim Zub (Avengers, Conan, Samurai Jack) and artist Max Dunbar (Champions, Dungeons & Dragons, etc) are working with Dark Horse Comics, in presenting Volume 1 of Stone Star: Fight or Flight.

This Trade version collects issues 1-5 of this Space Adventure story, previously available only in digital format from Comixology.

The story occurs on a space station that serves as an entertainment venue. Gladiators from all around the galaxy come to Stone Star to compete. A young scalliwag named Dail discovers a secret hidden deep within Stone Star and has to decide what to do about it. Fight in the arena, or hide in the shadows? Much drama and action ensues, with plenty of well-designed alien characters and awesome environments for the reader to explore.

I liked this story. The character development was interesting and compelling, and Zub knows how to build drama and mystery. The visuals were imaginative, the action scenes are exciting and well worth the read!

In addition to collecting the first five chapters, the Volume also includes a look at Dunbar’s amazing character designs. Colour by Espen Grundetjern, letters by Marshall Dillon.

Dark Horse, Stone Star Vol 1, $19.99 for 136 pages, Teen 16+

By Alan Spinney

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!!