tasting ‘starfighter’ – day 5ish

Starfighter: Chapter 1 by HamletMachine

The Blurb from here:

STARFIGHTER is a sci-fi boy’s love story that follows two soldiers, Cain and Abel, as they fight oncoming enemies, themselves, and the greater forces that work against them.

Why I bought it: Kassa recommended it in her guest post for the m/m graphic novel appreciation series. I used my Google Fu and discovered the author/artist was going to be at Yaoi Con too so I made it my mission to stalk her when I was there. Needless to say, I now own an autographed copy of Chapter One. Woo and hoo. *grin*

Dislike/like (ending on a high note):

Dislike~ This was me after I’d finished Chapter One: “What the hell. It’s over already?? And on a cliffhanger ending?! Dammit! Oh, but it’s a webcomic. Cool.”

Now I just have to wait impatiently for each page to be released… dammit… again…

Like~ Dark, dark, dark, dark, DARK. Everything about this is dark from the artwork, to the setting, to the characters, to the themes and, as the reader finds out on the very last page *dammit!*, to the motivations. I LOVED that about Starfighter. I’ve no doubt there will be some readers who will find this off putting, especially with regard to the artwork. However, I think its austereness made it even more compelling.

Dislike~ More of a warning~ A few people have mentioned Starfighter reminded them of Broken Boundaries by Evangeline Anderson, which is a story readers tend to love or hate. To be honest, any similarities between the two didn’t even occur to me until the comment was made. This could either be because I suffer from a disease known as obliviousitis or because I never got any sense of the sexual confusion or non-con central to Broken Boundaries from my reading of Starfighter. I will be interested to see what others who’ve read both think about this aspect.

Like~ This might seem a bit silly, but I was really, REALLY pleased Abel didn’t turn out to be a total wimp. Yes, he was uncertain and lacking self-assuredness, particularly when compared to the dominant and aggressive Cain. Yet, he wasn’t a pushover. I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed this graphic novel anywhere near as much if Abel hadn’t stood up to Cain when it mattered.

So, what I think: A must for all those who are fans of dark fantasy/ sci fi/ spec fic. Go read Starfighter now!


‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to. Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.

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16 Responses to tasting ‘starfighter’ – day 5ish

  1. Chris says:

    Hey, didn't you only need to do five of these?

  2. Jenre says:

    I read this as a webcomic and loved it too – for all the reasons you did, Kris. The dark themes worked for me and the artwork is awesome.

  3. Amara says:

    I've never read a webcomic, I'll have to check this out.

    Thanks 🙂

  4. Kris says:

    Chris: I need to do one for a December read too, but I figure I will wait until I've read a few more or them first. 🙂

    Jen: “The dark themes worked for me and the artwork is awesome.”

    Word. I love the whole feel of this graphic novel. It's really terrific.

    Amara: Cool. I'll be interested to hear what you think of it. 🙂

  5. Chris says:

    Why are you awake?!??

  6. Kris says:

    Insomnia. I've been awake since 2am.

  7. Chris says:

    Well, dammit. Stop it.

  8. Kris says:

    Yeah, insomnia. Stop it! *kicks*

  9. orannia says:

    Dark, dark, dark, dark, DARK

    YES! As a fan of dark fantasy I RACED ('cause I did 🙂 off to the site. And I loved it! I want more… *sob sob* And, like the Manna Francis books, I will buy this if it is every published as…the author is very talented IMHO.

    Oh, and I see the link to Broken Boundaries 🙂

    Insomnia. I've been awake since 2am.

    Oh no! (((Kris)))

  10. Ingrid says:

    This was good indeed! Are there more pages up already?

  11. Kris says:

    Orannia: You can buy the first chapter. Actually you can even buy the first chapter in a digital form. 🙂 Go check it out here: http://www.emanga.com/books/Starfighter_

    Ingrid: A new page in Chapter 2 went up recently. They'd been having problems with their server but everything seems to be sorted now.

  12. orannia says:

    You can? Oh – good! Will check out purchasing it this weekend.

  13. Apparently I am a sucker for cliffhangers dispit my rant at your Happy Endings post today. 'Cause I gotta have this one! I love sci fi boys… yes please. Thanks for the review!

  14. Kris says:

    Orannia: Cool.

    Miranda: Sucker! *snicker*

  15. Dammit Kris! I just read all the pages last night and freakin' dreamed about them! *sigh* Once again I'm hanging on the cliff with you.

  16. Kris says:

    I warned you! It's your own fault that you have no self control. 😛

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