Kickstart The Art: Star Mage By J.C. De La Torre And Ray Dillon
Welcome to another edition of Kickstart The Art. We’ve been gone for a little while, but we’re back today in a big way. Today’s entry is a sci-fi fantasy epic called Star Mage. JC De La Torre (Ancient Rising, Continuum Force) is the creator of Star Mage. He, along with Ray Dillon (The Last Unicorn, Game of Thrones) and Franco Cespedes (El Hallazgo, Badlands) have taken to Kickstarter to fund their creator owned series. The description of the series via the campaign:
Darien Connors is the key in a war between magical alien races. Join him as he discovers his secret legacy and untapped powers.
Darien is a gifted 14 year old boy who discovers that he is not human and is part of an ancient war between alien magical races. While he learns of his legacy, destiny and importance in the battle, Darien establishes bonds with new, strange friends and is taught his magical craft of Kishpu.
I was lucky enough to be give an advanced copy of the first issue to read in preparation for what you’re reading now. Star Mage is a ridiculously beautiful book with a fantastic story. Dillon’s art is absolutely phenomenal and gets even better once we see the first spaceship. JC De La Torre crafts a great introductory issue that pulls you in from page 1 and starts getting you invested in young Darien. Every kid feels different in high school, but what happens when you actually are different? Like space alien different? We start to see the larger world of Star Mage being formed without the story falling into tedious exposition. You get a really likeable character and a really believable word in the space of 23 pages. It’s a very original story, but if I had to give you some comparisons so you can wrap your head around it, I’d say there’s a dash of Peter Parker with a smidge of the new Guardians of the Galaxy series stirred up with some magical elements.
This is definitely one Kickstarter you need to check out. There’s something in there for everyone. It’s an all-ages story that doesn’t feel above kid readers or below adults. This project has a few weeks left and I highly encourage you to check out the campaign page and see if it’s something for you. I’ve got to say, after reading the first issue, I’m hooked. JC De La Torre has presented something pretty neat with the first issue, and I’ll be excited to see what’s next. You can find the campaign page by clicking here. Below you can check out the pitch video as well as a few preview pages from the issue. What do you think about Star Mage? Will you be checking this one out?
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