Bluffing Your Way Into Ending A War With Starcadia Quest #3
by Josh Davison
Mild Spoilers Ahead
Lieutenant Iceheart, an officer under Supreme Commander Thorne, has been dispatched to Telkawn Beta to put down the robotic resistance. However, even Thorne didn’t expect the resistance put up by Starkid and his crew of rebels. Thorne’s Peek army represents a formidable fighting force–one that even Starkid, his allies, and the Teklawn robots don’t have what it takes to defeat. Thankfully, Hannah has a robotic ally and a gambit that could turn back the Peeks and anything else Thorne may throw at them. But, what will happen when Team Starclaw arrives?
Starcadia Quest #3 brings this first story of Starkid, Digits, and their team to a close. They’ve found themselves in the crosshairs of galactic conqueror, Thorne and they have no chance of taking him down in a head-on conflict.
The plan the team comes up with is creative and clever, even if it seemingly comes out of nowhere.
The comic bounces back and forth in time quite a bit and it does complicate the narrative far more than needed. Even with the narrative indicators, it gets a little confusing when trying to determine what exactly happens when.
There is a lot of dialogue in Starcadia Quest #3 too and it harms the pacing to a point. The comic does have plenty of funny and charming lines, but the deluge of text keeps the plot from advancing at a satisfying clip.
Aurelio Mazzara gives the book a cute treatment. The style is chibi-esque, with each character having a large head and small body. It’s endearing and the character designs are consistently creative. The style does occasionally lead to these visual explosions that are hard to parcel out, but those don’t happen too often. David Garcia Cruz brings a bombastic color palette that looks good, even if it does sometimes contribute to the visual confusion.
Starcadia Quest #3 is a charming, cute, if somewhat confusing read that finds Starkid, Digits, and their crew coming together at last to stop a galactic invasion force. It has its flaws, but it’s far from unreadable. As such, it’s worth a recommendation. Feel free to pick it up.
Starcadia Quest #3 comes to us from writer James Roberts, artist Aurelio Mazzara, color artist David Garcia Cruz, letters from Andworld Design, cover artist Aurelio Mazzara with David Garcia Cruz, and variant cover artist Nicoletta Badari.
Final Score: 6/10