Forsaken Stars Issue One Page 20
Lots of information on this page, and what I hope is another feast for the eyes. We have Sera in a lovely nightgown, palming the ring she swiped from Azzi and we have all this priceless clutter around her, from the Tiffany lamp to Dorothy’s ruby slippers, from figurines to snowglobes, from miniature replicas, particularly Rodin’s Thinker, to a tailor’s dummy sporting something 19th century, all intending to give the air of serious collector, and yet someone unafraid to be girly. Driving that point is her dresser of parfums and jewelry chest, and of course the four poster bed. On the bed is a small panda bear, inspired by my own bear, Chicco, that I had throughout my childhood. (In retrospect, I should have made this bear the one that floats out of Azzi’s space tomb on page three.)
We’ve also got a checkbook graphic showing the names of a few of her crew, and in the panel below that, we actually get a shot of three of her bridge crew–the Soulless Shon and Kurk, and the Delven Zuzu–keeping the Vidoru space pirates at bay.
Bridging the second, third and fourth panels is an oval-framed pencil drawing of Shon, Sera’s second mate and insinuated love interest. I thought the pencils gave it an air of age and authenticity, like an old cameo, brooch or the inside of a locket.
I truly wish there was more room in the script to tell more of his and his company’s story, but it’s pretty packed as it is. I’m toying with a Tales from Forsaken Stars anthology series, but one comic at a time…