Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Goran Parlov
Publisher: Image Comics
Previously: STARLIGHT #3
Duke and Krish are trapped in prison, along with another prisoner named Wes, who happens to be a big fan of Earth pop culture and dresses like The Fonz, when they’re interrogated by Kingfisher’s 2nd-in-command, Admiral Pindar. A daring escape is led by a woman named Tilda Starr, who we learn was the head of the Royal Bodyguards and is leading the resistance on Tantalus. Tilda takes Duke, Krish, and Wes to the resistance’s secret base, where they’re planning an attack to take back the Capital City. The assembled fighters remain in awe of Duke, who still sees himself as just an old man, but they see him as a legend. There’s a great scene where Duke is handed a replacement for the sword he used during his previous time on Tantalus, and then we get a flashback to his younger days see him in action during his old adventures. This really helps gives some weight to this series, as it gives the impression that there is a long and varied backstory full of thrilling space adventures, and that Duke McQueen is an established hero. We also get some flashbacks of Duke and his wife, whom was the only woman that believed in his adventures.
Duke rallies the troops and they prepare to attack, but the Kingfisher just might be one step ahead of them…
Okay, there’s a bit of a twist in this issue, that is probably a little obvious. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. The writing, the art, everything is working on this series, so far, with the stakes escalating in each issue. This may be Millar’s best work yet. And if this series does elevate Porlav to the A-list of comic artists, I don’t know what will.