Review – Star Bolt #1 (Waterfront Studios)

Writer: Peter Breau
Pencils: Monique McNaughton
Inks: James Hachey

Proudly proclaiming the origin story of a character conceived in his youth by forty-year veteran comic creator Jim Hachey, writer Peter Breau’s narrative for issue one of Star Bolt” will doubtless remind many of its of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko’s early days publishing the likes of The Fantastic Four and The Amazing Spider-Man. For whilst the thirteen-page fight-fest features an enthrallingly complicated plot concerning the gratitude of an adolescent Jesus Christ, the Western Roman Empire, Judas Iscariot’s thirty pieces of silver, General George Patton’s plan to deny the Third Reich of the Ioudas Blade, and a modern-day paramedic’s desperate desire to thwart the machinations of a Nazi meta-human, the story is told in an incredibly straightforward and thoroughly entertaining style. It also features plenty of explanatory flashbacks intermixed with its pulse-pounding pugilism; “Ok. Thanks for the Hitler – Uh – History Channel documentary. But who are you?”

Indeed, as backgrounds to super-powered heroes go, this Waterfront Studios publication packs a mighty wallop by not only establishing a captivating legacy of predecessors to Sergeant Tim Reid’s current incarnation of the holy, armour-wearing crime-fighter, but also introduces an intriguing secondary cast of characters too – most notably the mysterious “tourist” who seems to know an awful lot about ancient mythology and the role Star Bolt has apparently played in past historical events. Equally as enthralling as these numerous hooks is the villain-of-the-piece Uranium The Mighty, who immediately sets out his utterly evil stall by trying to eradicate both a hapless child and a museum employee simply to demonstrate his death-dealing abilities. Full of wonderful world-domineering rhetoric, and dynamically pencilled by Monique MacNaughton, the “Nazi boy” is portrayed as a bona fide megalomaniac, with Breau’s conclusion to this particular confrontation doing a great job of setting up a mouth-watering rematch in a future edition.

Complimenting these sense-shattering shenanigans are two further stories within this tome, each of which have wildly contrasting ambiences to one another. “The Last Day Warrior” by James Hachey contains an arguably deeply religious prose, which fascinatingly focuses upon God selecting “downtrodden” New Yorker Jason Kincade as his Chosen One to battle “a horde of evil…” Whilst Steven St. Amand’s “The Legend Of Sargus” is infinitely more tongue-in-cheek, favouring humour over action in its depiction of a sea vessel salvaging the sword and shield of the Spartan warrior Lemor Sargus.

“STAR BOLT” #1 by Waterfront Studios will be available from the Nerdanatix Website in May 2020.


The writer of this piece was: Blax Kleric
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