Stargazer Vol. 2
Von Allan Studio (2011)WRITER/ARTIST: Von Allan http://stargazer.vonallan.com
Interesting note: This came out a week before ComiXology reported it would be.
Stargazer continues the story of Marni, Elora, and Sophie. See my review of volume one for more. While this was originally announced as a three-volume graphic novel series (or not, see Von Allan’s reply in the comments section below), the most recent solicits say that this is actually the last volume, confirmed by the author in the comments of the first volume review. (Always cool to get the creators to comment in my reviews.) That’s too bad, for a few different reasons.
This volume continues where the previous one left off, as our heroines and their robot companion find a tower while still trying to escape from the unseen monster, who finally makes his appearance. While I won’t ruin the story for you guys, I can tell you that not all of our heroes will make it out, but will they make it home?
The art is still good. Von Allan creates a rather interesting world. The story was also well done and I enjoyed it, but not without a few minor nitpicks this round. We learn basically how this world works (think Magic Knights Rayearth) and I rather like the idea. However, I would like to have learned more about the strange aliens, the origin of the “artifacts”, who the “shadow” really was, and just what happened to the aforementioned aliens (unless this is their home reality). The girls find a bit more about them, but it only leads to more questions. Also, I kind of wanted a happy ending for everyone, since they’ve been written so well that I really care about them and wanted them to get the good ending, but that didn’t happen. I’d like to think that had the announced volume 3 occurred, at least some of these questions would have been answered. I have to admit the ending was slightly disappointing, but this is as a reader, not as a critic, and it’s only because I’ve become attached to these girls.
(I also like the continued addition of “behind the scenes” as to the creative process making the GNs.)
The story itself, however, wasn’t disappointing and I would still very much recommend these two GNs to anyone who asked about it. It’s worth picking up. Hopefully, Von Allan will make that third volume, or a sequel series that will tie up the loose ends and maybe even give that one character a better ending.