Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Max Fiumara Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: March 7, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 17
8.9Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

This dual-narrative story set in the world of the Eisner-Award winning Black Hammer series chronicles the legacy of a Golden-Age superhero. An aged crime fighter desperately wants to reconnect with his estranged son, who he hoped would one day take the mantle of Doctor Star. Over the course of the story we learn his World War II-era origin, how he got his powers, his exciting astral adventures, the formation of some of Black Hammer's greatest heroes, and more in this heartbreaking superhero tale about fathers and sons.

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Feb 24, 2018

    Even if you aren't as big a fan of Starman as I am or have yet to read any other Black Hammer comics, there much to admire in Doctor Star & The Kingdom Of Lost Tomorrows. This is everything awesome about classic comic books viewed through the rose-tented goggles of modern day superheroics. I highly recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Mar 6, 2018

    Jeff Lemire is certainly starting to show his versatility of late, working on a range of books from a range of publishers. Here, his “JSA wannabes” and Doctor Star himself, have an opportunity to shine some light on the long forgotten Golden Age and quite possibly by doing so, go someway to show that not every great story needs to be centred around an event. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Mar 2, 2018

    Overall, I found this to be a heartfelt and compelling opening chapter. I believe that this has the potential to be a great series, with both sad and exciting scenes to come. The art is lovely, and works well with translating this tale into a compelling and engaging visual narrative. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Outright Geekery - Mikey Symonds May 10, 2018

    This book checks all the boxes that are needed to make a great issue of a comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Joshua Hilgenberg Mar 5, 2018

    Doctor Star and The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #1 is a heartfelt issue looking to explore parental ties, obsession, and, potentially, retribution. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Mar 6, 2018

    Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #1 promises to be an emotional and conflicted tale of classic heroism and how it all looks after hanging up the suit. This is a very strong opener, and Jeff Lemire seems to be only getting started. This one is strongly recommended. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 7, 2018

    Doctor Star is a familiar story told in a familiar way but with such a polished and engaging execution riding on top of the events of other Black Hammer universe works that it's simply raised up by that alone. Lemire and Fiumara are strong talents playing at the top of their game here and it shows. I've long enjoyed works that tackle the past in a new light and it's been going on for decades and can still have surprises. This one is setting up its foundations very well with an engaging character in the title role, putting in a few supporting connections, and pulling it all together with fantastic artwork that gives it the emotional weight it needs. The next issue cannot come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Mar 2, 2018

    If youre already a Black Hammer fan then this should be viewed as an absolutely essential purchase, but given the strength of both the writing and the artwork, this could also be looked at as an equally enjoyable stand-alone series. Highly recommended either way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Mar 8, 2018

    "Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows" gets off to a fantastic gut-wrenching start with the portrait of man's life from his highest moments and unspoken deepest regrets. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Mar 1, 2018

    Black Hammer is one of the most refreshing corners of the comic book industry. These spin-off series have proved to be completely necessary in building this world into something bigger. Dark Horse is 2-for-2 so far with these spin-offs. As long as they keep taking us new and unique places, keep them coming. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - JK Schmidt Mar 7, 2018

    Being this is my first foray into the Black Hammer universe, I was somewhat apprehensive that a lot of the plot or mythology would be lost to me. But as a first issue goes, Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows functions pretty well. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Existentialman Mar 7, 2018

    I'm a huge fan of the Black Hammer Universe that Jeff Lemire is creating, but even if you've never read a single Black Hammer related comic this is a great issue. Lots of comic say this, but in this case it's really true, Doctor Star is a great jumping on point for new readers.

    What I love about this comic and much of Jeff Lemire's work is that he's able to bring pathos to a superhero comic. Much as I'd love to have the powers that Doctor Star attains I spent most of the comic wanting Doctor Star/Jim Robinson to make different choices. I kept thinking: "You're missing the point, Jim Robinson. Your family is much more important than being a superhero." Which is, I'm sure, exactly what Jeff Lemire wanted me to feel. Well done!

  • 9.0
    FT Metler Mar 5, 2018

    The expanding world of Black Hammer is fantastic to take in.

  • 9.0
    Tree Fingers Mar 6, 2018

    so cool how this keeps growing.

  • 9.0
    SloboSOY Mar 8, 2018

    I didn't read Lemire Black Hammer ... Yeah bwooo to me ! Bwoo ! You are ok new ?
    I did like his work on Thanos & specially Moon knight (There, you are better new).
    I have take this one only by curiosity & because I really like the cover. And I discover not a heroes but a moving human being. With is flaw in his past. A man that have regrets & miss the good all time. But today he didn't have any shadowing figure to take out, but be there for his son. And I find this story very nicely bring to us. For some part, I trust I did see where the story lead a little to easily, and lack of originality. But that's ok but that's not the important part of the story, Lemire mislead me there. The more important part is the heartbreaking cliffhang more

  • 9.0
    Spock's Brain Mar 11, 2018

    This is a really great spin-off in the "Black Hammer" universe, the classic trope of the obsessed scientist whose ambition has unintended, tragic results. This issue has a powerful ending that closes the issue with force, a sad, impactful ending I didn't see coming. I really liked Max Fiumara's art here...he gives the protagonist, the aptly named James Robinson, a really palpable anguish. Dave Stewart's colours gave this an even more dynamic look. I almost slept on this series...don't miss it!

  • 8.0
    Phil B. Mar 4, 2018

  • 10
    Grifter Jun 23, 2018

  • 9.5
    Wolf Warner Mar 12, 2018

  • 9.5
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  • 9.0
    sebastianorellana95 Mar 7, 2018

  • 9.0
    FrenchLover Mar 8, 2018

  • 9.0
    sovereignsfall18 Mar 15, 2018

  • 9.0
    Sonic Youth Jun 30, 2018

  • 9.0
    Khan/Murdock Jul 8, 2018

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Mar 10, 2018

  • 7.5
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  • 7.5
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