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Starstruck Deluxe Edition [Hardcover]

Michael Wm. Kaluta , Elaine Lee
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5 April 2011
Collecting all 13 issues of the completely remastered Starstruck series by Elaine Lee and Michael Kaluta - that's 280-pages of Starstruck and Galactic Girl Guides adventures, covers, pin-ups, glossary, postcards, and so much more! The first truly comprehensive collection of this material in a grand, over-sized edition, this beautiful book features some of the finest art ever put to paper by Kaluta, including many pages that were never printed in the original run. Additionally, Kaluta painstakingly added approximately 20% of art to nearly every page to ensure the aspect ratio of the comic would be consistent and correct. The end result is unlike anything you've ever experienced, a head-spinning, synapse-snapping, soul-searing ride to a world like no other... the world of Starstruck!

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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; Deluxe edition (5 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600108725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600108723
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,159,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully put-together 3 April 2011
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This is a long-overdue re-release of the 1980s series, with all its nouveau artwork, hilariously OTT story-line and almost over-whelmingly multi-level/-textual output still relevant today.

The book itself contains the original artwork, now beautifully recoloured, and collected together with the glossary that suffixed each issue, and a (previously unknown to me) collection of "Brucilla the Muscle - Galactic Girl Guide".

Be warned / advised however - this book does NOT contain the full and complete Starstruck series, instead it ends, strangely, at the end of the first issue of the Marvel Starstruck comic series (released Feb 1985), with the two women hiding out "on the planet Alias".

The subsequent 5 issues are not included; instead, the following page has a big "to be continued" sign on it - and then it's on with the multiple extras.

I'm assuming (and fervently hoping) that this means there's another deluxe Starstruck coming out in due course. The story needs its proper ending, with all its multiple and baffling threads currently spiralling out being drawn back in. Perhaps there are more installments beyond the 1985 comic series that I'm not aware of...

Don't hold back though - this series is a bona-fide cult classic and should not be missed, and the book itself is superbly and reverently put-together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In space, nobody can hear you titter 24 Mar 2013
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It's hard to write a review of Starstruck.
It's too grand and (space) operatic and over-the-top epic in a wholly silly way.
There are so many characters, so many details and yet it seems it's not enough, that the reader must have more.
Elaine Lee and Kaluta manage to cook up an utterly barmy universe ,where girl scouts are little monsters and con artist beyond compare, where sibling rivalry becomes quite insane and seemingly a lifelong grudge can be cultivated... twice!
At any rate, Galatea 9 and Brucilla (the muscle) team up for... for... er, I'm quite sure really.
They seem to like hanging out together, and they have this neat spaceship, but what their agenda is, gosh, I haven't a clue.
And I've read it a ton of times, first way back when it had its debut in the US version of Metal Hurland, "heavy Metal".
I've re-read with the intention of "getting it" - and failed.
Not that it matters, for it's a wholly fun romp in an overly hammy multiverse, filled with colour and creatures that'll baffle you.
Highly recommened.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A tad self-indulgent 1 May 2012
By Grimmy
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Well, I dunno....
I missed this when it first came out in the 1980s, but I love Mike Kaluta's stuff, especially the old DC Shadow issues.
The artwork IS sensational, as is the conceptual vision, but I find the story/writing pretty hard going. The scripting is clunky, lacking flow. It's kinda dialogue by characters that are clearly well developed in the mind of the writer, but they are not known to us, and their dialogue is just topical stuff that they are saying. But good comic writing is more than that: it should be introducing and developing characters for us, it should be propelling and expounding the story, complementing the artwork, to produce a seamless whole. The best kind of comic writting is when you don't even notice it. But this stuff just stands there in the way, yelling look at me but not telling us very much while the visuals go off in 20 different directions in each frame. It's kind of like a Terry Gilliam film (think Brothers Grimm or the worst bits of Baron Munchuasen, rather than Brazil). I will revisit this review when I have acualy managed to read this through, but while the art beckons me further the writing is a turn off.
Buy this for the art or to collect, but if you are into comics for a great immersive narrative experience I don't think you will find it here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 6 Sep 2014
By Yadnom
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I wasn't for me it was a present so I can't comment on it's quality or content
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5.0 out of 5 stars STARSTRUCK Is As Essential As WATCHMEN, And More Fun! 7 April 2011
By Tym S. - Published on
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This is the most essential Graphic Novel you've never read.

Blasting off first in the early 80's, STARSTRUCK was easily as good as WATCHMEN, SANDMAN, DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, and the other Adult Renaissance titles. In truth, it was better, because it was more ambitious, subversive, and funnier. And it did it BEFORE all of them.

STARSTRUCK wasn't for teenage boys. It was for sharp adults with a sense of wonder. And it was for Riot Grrrls who were too young to know about it yet. It took its cues from Robert Altman dialogue, Winsor McCay and Moebius' art, and the PostPunk era of feminism. Let's face it, those 80's classics were great, but too locked into teen fantasies of aggro-men, which was a grim deadend. So this riotous space opera with a spectrum of powerful women completely blew fanboys' volts then. Macho angst had its minute, but now we can catch up to the real revolution.

What is it? STARSTRUCK is Riot Grrrls taking over the universe by hook and crook. In an anarchic future, two dynasties vie to divvy the universal pie. Caught between are Galatia 9, Brucilla The Muscle, Erotica Ann, and the strongest and most diverse array of women (read, human) that science fiction has never seen. Throw in psychic nuns, corrupt Girl Scouts, hardboiled bartenders, headless sex droids, amazon clones, and samurai robots. It is complex, shocking, outlandish, surreal, whipsmart, knee-slapping, half-insane, and five steps ahead. It'll make your brain stretch and your belly shake.

But this is no retro time trip. STARSTRUCK is still light years ahead of anything being made, whether in comics, in novels, or on screens. The series was rich then, but richer now. This stunningly handsome volume is an all-new remastering of the stories that elevates it even higher. Elaine Lee has expanded the hilarious Glossary, Michael Kaluta has extended the art on every page by 20%, and Lee Moyer has repainted it with the most lush color job imaginable. Add to this the previously unpublished Galactic Girl Guides romps, the geyser of extra goodies, and the extra-tall size of the book...and you have a gorgeous Graphic Novel that puts all others to complete shame. The book is beautiful, and the contents are unbeatable.

Fans of STAR WARS, FIREFLY, FARSCAPE, Alan Moore, AEON FLUX, Grant Morrison, HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE, Allison Bechdel, MONTY PYTHON, Phillip K. Dick, TANK GIRL, Thomas Pynchon, FUTURAMA, LOST, Funkadelic, BATWOMAN, DOCTOR WHO...this treasure trove is for you.

This is smart art for hip people.

Buy STARSTRUCK now, and give copies to friends; the future is better than ever!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A long overdue colletion of a comics classic 1 April 2011
By Mike Madrid - Published on
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I fell in love with the "Starstruck" series back in the 80's. I'm so happy this collected edition is available, with tons of extra material. This is a gorgeous edition that showcases Kaluta's art, perhaps the best of his career. It's grand scale (often hilarious) science fiction starring two of the most kickass heroines ever to grace the comic book page. Absolutely enthralling. The perfect comic to lose yourself in (and how often does that happen anymore?).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi Comics at Their Finest 24 Sep 2011
By Lee McIlmoyle - Published on
When I was in my early teens, I'd started reading comics again, after a disastrous end to my childhood's first comics collection. It wasn't long after my reintroduction to comics that I became hooked, and found I was particularly drawn to any comic story that was uncommonly otherworldly in tone. So when I stumbled across the first bits of news mentioning the mainstream reprinting of a special comic series called Starstruck, I was riveted. Sadly, my love affair with this series would continue to be from afar for several years. Eventually, I learned that the series had begun its print life in North America featuring in the pages of Heavy Metal, and as I had by that time become a frequent reader of HM, I started my quest to track down these original issues (which was easier than tracking down the Epic or even the Dark Horse issues). Sadly, this quest too was cut short, and for several years, I languished under the impression that I would never get to read this story in its entirety.

Happily, IDW has been taking steps to correct this oversight, with Elaine Lee and Michael W. Kaluta, two of my biggest comics heroes, returning to put the finishing touches on what now serves to be the first installment of the definitive Starstruck series. With the help of master letterer Todd Klein and the colouring and design work of master illustrator Lee Moyer, the series looks better than ever, and is every bit as Byzantine and mind-bending as it ever was. I can't wait for them to finish the series in this fashion.

This book would be a perfect book for any science fiction reader who appreciates the headier works of Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Philip K. Dick, Theodore Sturgeon, Samuel R. Delaney, and other writers (male AND female) who have proven track records for taking hold of our preconceived notions of what comics and/or genre fiction are capable of, and turning them neatly on their heads, over and over and over again. The series bears repeated reading, too; I've just about to start over myself. You may find yourself divided as to whether you actually enjoy the book or not (I certainly did), but you won't have ever read anything quite like it, particularly in comics form, and truly, I don't think it could exist in any other format and be as compelling. You owe it to yourself, as a citizen of the universe, to give this series a try, and it doesn't get any easier or better than purchasing this gorgeous hardcover collected volume.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starstruck! 2 Jun 2011
By Mgnostic - Published on
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I was quite happy to see that Starstruck was being reissued. I read most of the comic back in the 80's (Never could find issue 5) and wished that it could have kept going. I snagged the graphic novel and so was tickled to see that this version was being released. The artwork is beautiful. Kaluta is one of my favorites. The additional material is a great bonus.It can really be seen that he did a lot of additional work and the story is fleshed out with a lot of details. The only complaint that I have is that some of the material from the first comic books isn't included.I suppose it may be an issue of who owns the rights. At any rate this is a really cool book and I highly recommend it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome edition 7 May 2011
By Bjorn Bergstrom - Published on
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What a beauty! This oversized edition, the format is larger than the regular IDW comic editions, is truly wonderful. Now you really can enjoy the fantastic Kaluta art even more, and with the new great digital coloring as topping. I've been a fan since the eighties and it can't get better than this.
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