Written by Jon Rivera
Inks by Michael Avon Oeming
Colors by Nick Filardi
Edited by Molly Mahan
Executive Editor: Mark Doyle
Variant Cover: Christian Ward
DC Young Animal curated by Gerard Way
Warning: This review is full of spoilers. If you have not yet read this issue please check out our spoiler free review by clicking here.
We start this issue seeing Professor Marc Bartow has come along from his alternate dimension as the team crash lands in the home of Star Atom. We learn we are in Star Atom’s home through a hilarious dad moment where Chloe asks why he never told her he was friends with Star Atom and he reminds her he tried but she threw a teddy bear at him and told him to get out while hunching over a journal of titled “My Dark Poems.”
When we meet Star Atom we realize he’s not your average star or human for that matter as he towers over everyone. Cave starts to ask what has happened (letting us know Star wasn’t always that size), but the conversation is quickly changed and small talk ensues. In another adorable moment between father and daughter, Star confirms that Chloe is right. The song Chloe that she was named after is about Star’s dog, Chloe and was not a metaphor as Cave had thought. We also get an explanation of how Marc Bartow and Cave, even though they are from alternate dimensions, can still come together and share a past even if some of it is a little off.
Chloe then asks the question we all are wondering. How did her dad meet Star Atom? In a flashback sequence it appears Star had grown bored of being “topside” and in outer space so he had come to perform in the “underground underground.” This is where he met Cave, Mazra and Marc, and they in turn introduced Star to night pudding. Star also informs Chloe that it was also that night where he had revealed his extraterrestrial origins to Cave.
Cave, however, circles the conversation back to ask Star why he’s now decided to come out of hiding and finally he receives an honest answer. Star is dying and his body will continue to expand until he implodes. He wants to go on “one more romp” with Cave before he dies and a stunned Cave agrees.
They board a spaceship of Star’s making. And from here, I’ll full admit, I got a little confused but what I think happened is they were taking star somewhere into outer space that he could implode safely, but they don’t make it. Star dies and drifts away, which leaves our team desperate to get away from him before he implodes and takes them with him. They think they’ve made it, but as the book ends they realize something has gone very wrong as they find themselves saying goodbye to earth.
I loved this issue. I love how the storyline between father and daughter is going especially. There are a lot of sweet and funny moments in this book that connects the characters and makes them very realistic and easy to connect to. Since this book is also very out there I think the character development is the key here that allows you to suspend disbelief and accept all the weirdness.
My initial thoughts while reading this book, however, is I felt like, while it’s very different from Doctor Who, it feels so possible that Cave could be one of his future regenerations. Time travel, space, love, epic battles between good and evil, Cave being the one to take the biggest risk in “Milk Wars” and able to figure out what was happening before anyone else and effectively do what needed to be done is all the makings of the Doctor, and hey! The Doctor does have a blonde daughter floating around out there. But basically what I’m really saying here is, if you like Doctor Who, you will love Cave Carson.
This issue was a job incredibly well done by all involved, but I really gotta give props to Nick Filardi for his amazing colors- especially that last page. Absolutely amazing.
A fun read all the way around. Time and Money well spent and I can’t wait for more!
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