REVIEW: Sparks & The Fallen Star
– By Stephen Folklore Harper
Being a fan and collector of comic books for a very long time, I’ve come across almost every genre and style. I grew up on a heavy dose of the commercial books and even though I still read them from time to time I’ve tended to drift onto independent titles, as I find they have had a lot more to say. In recent years independent titles have become increasingly popular, so even they are starting to cover similar themes. I’ve always thought if you’re going to self publish yourself it’s because you’re sick of either not getting that break or you’re sick to death of the same generic work on sale and you wish to break the mould.
It’s so refreshing when you finally come across a book that breaks that mould. A book that is completely different to others on the market. Lyndon White’s ‘Sparks and the Fallen Star’ is a gorgeous, unique book with a childlike depth to it. The story focuses on a robot that falls to earth and strikes up an unlikely partnership with an otter to solve the mystery of why the stars have gone out. The genius of this book is its simplicity. Beautifully, sparsely narrated dialogue, its direction is in its visuals that flow from panel to panel.
White uses amazing perspective in his illustrations that transports you into the story. This isn’t just storytelling of the highest caliber, White’s artwork is a thing of wonder. He draws with such a dreamlike technique, with flashes of white outlining characters and key moments.
The story is an extremely emotional one, merging heroic acts, drama and hope, but overall a story of friendship.
‘Sparks and the Fallen Star’ is a true thing of beauty. White is an amazing talent that I personally can’t wait to see what he does next.
Review by- Stephen Harper