Beyond Spider-Man : 2003 : The Red Star

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Date: Mar 11, 2003
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The Red Star (Vol. 2) #1
Feb 2003 : NM ($2.95) : No Spider-Man
Writer:  Bradley Kayl, Christian Gossett
Pencils:  Christian Gossett
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The Red Star is a title that has been around for a couple of years now and is a labour of love for all those involved. It tells an epic tale of a failing empire that purposefully reflects the demise of the USSR. The Red Star is very different from just about every comic book out there. In the scope of story and subject matter, to its innovative art and production techniques the title stands out among the crowd.

More importantly though, the Red Star is damn good! The characters are interesting, the story enthralling and best of all, the art is stunning and gorgeous. I was blown away by the first couple of issues and had to buy them again when they were reprinted in an oversived trade. The art is just that beautiful! The art is a combination of raw pencils and computer graphics that sets a new standard and proves that computer graphics can be used in comics.

The story so far has followed Maya and Marcus Antares, a couple in love who lose each other amid war. Maya thinks Marcus dead and searches for him, as Marcus goes on to fight a darker, more sinister war against a powerful force. The world of the Red Star treats magic as a scientific phenomenon, which is a very interesting portrayal. There is also stunning futuristic technology such as the sky furnaces, all set against a communist and militaristic society. It makes for an interesting mix that captures the imagination and emotions.

Because the title has changed publishers, it has recently restarted at a new number 1. So it's a good time to pick it up and if you're interested you can grab all the back issues in those beautiful oversized trades I mentioned. If you haven't figured it out yet, I really love this book, so if you get a chance check it out!