Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #4 Review: A Sincere, Emotional, and Near-Perfect Ending

Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #4 Review: A Sincere, Emotional, and Near-Perfect Ending

Posted by June 10, 2018 Comment

Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #4
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Writer: Jeff Lemire, Artist: Max Fiamura, Color Artist: Dave Stewart, Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot, Cover by: Max Fiamura, Variant Cover by: Annie Wu, Black Hammer created by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston, Publisher: Mike Richardson, Editor: Daniel Chabon, Assistant Editor: Brett Israel, Design: Ethan Kimberling, Digital Art Technician: Christina McKenzie, Publishing Company: Dark Horse Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Doctor Star is at the gateway to the Para-zone and, as such, everything he ever theorized, dreamed of, and wanted to see. The space corps set up around his example want to see him go through and see it. However, he can’t forget about his son, afflicted with cancer and wasting away on Earth. While this is happening, we see more of Star’s time on Earth after he initially returned and was thrown out by his estranged wife.

Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #4 cover by Max Fiamura
Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #4 cover by Max Fiamura

Sometimes you can see an ending coming, but it still hits you hard just the same. I’m sorry if that’s somewhat spoiling the ending, but believe me when I say knowing the ending to Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #4 will not lessen the experience.

Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows ends as it began, an emotional and heartfelt story about a man reuniting with his ailing son after years apart. It’s a heavy read, but it handles its subject matter admirably. You feel the pain of Star, but you understand why his family came to resent him. You understand the regret.

The ending itself is a masterful sequence that brings everything that has been building in this story to a single sequence that honestly brought tears to my eyes.

Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #4 art by Max Fiamura and Dave Stewart
Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #4 art by Max Fiamura and Dave Stewart

Max Fiamura once more assembles these elements in wonderful visuals. The detailing, the styling, and the composition are all perfect for the subject matter. Dave Stewart’s color work matches the tone excellently while making the comic visually grabbing.

Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #4 is the as close as possible to the perfect ending to this miniseries. It was sincere, genuine, heartfelt, and emotionally complex. The ending is understated yet meaningful. The art brings it all to life in a manner deserving of the narrative skill of the story. Jeff Lemire, Max Fiamura, and Dave Stewart knocked it out of the park on this one. This comic comes highly recommended. Give it a read.

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(Last Updated June 10, 2018 1:34 am )

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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