A Graphic Novel by Anthony Cleveland
As a fan of the paranormal, stories about alien abductions interest me a LOT. I used to listen to Coast to Coast AM before it became a right-wing show about angels and how great President Trump is. Despite how little veracity most of the call-ins had, every once in a while, a crazy story came in that glued me to the radio. I honestly am very skeptical about UFOs and alien related things, but a handful of them sound very chilling, and give me the same thrill others get from horror movies. This book is a well-written story in that genre, one that keeps you guessing from every turned page. Did the abduction happen? Is Shae’s brother crazy? etc etc. Aside from that initial interest, the first thing that stands out about Stargazer by Anthony Cleveland is the gorgeous artwork – I’m a sucker for artwork that appears to be painted with hard lines (probably from reading Daredevil in the early 2000s) and anything that looks like that is an instant win for me. Aside from that initial
“Years ago Shae, her brother Kenny, and two childhood friends experienced a traumatic, unexplainable event that left Kenny scarred for life. Kenny commits himself to the belief that what they experienced was an alien abduction. Twenty years later and the friends have since drifted apart, but the sudden, mysterious disappearance of Kenny leads the group to reunite and discover the truth of what took place all those years ago.”
Taking cues from stories like Fire in the Sky and Dreamcatcher, Stargazer is a solid horror science fiction story that I enjoyed quite a bit. Tapping into the modern UFO topics such as disclosure and government cover-ups as well as the “truth” given by paranormal alternative media broadcasters, it is anchored in our modern world very well. Because of that it doesn’t become a derivative work, and moves forward as something all it’s own. Honestly if this was made into a movie at some point, I would definitely be down to watch it. My only quibble was that the ending seemed very quick once the plot started nearing it’s climax, but I don’t know if there was much more that could have been told. It just seemed like it raced to completion.
If you are looking for a comic related to an alien invasion, alien abductions, or even just a simple story about how friends and family become estranged through he years, I’d recommend this one. I was skeptical at first as to whether I’d enjoy it, but I definitely did. The art and story are very well done, and it has a number of strong emotional moments. If you would like a copy of this for yourself, click HERE
NOTE: I received a free preliminary, and likely unedited copy of this book from Netgalley for the purposes of providing an honest, unbiased review of the material. Thank you to all involved.