Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams #1
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Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams #1

Writer: Steve Horton Artist: Michael Allred Publisher: Insight Comics Release Date: January 8, 2020 Cover Price: $39.99 Critic Reviews: 8
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Inspired by the one and only superhero, extraterrestrial, and rock and roll deity in history, Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams is the original graphic memoir of the great Ziggy Stardust! In life, David Bowie was one of the most magnetic icons of modern pop culture, seducing generations of fans with both his music and his counterculture persona. In death, the cult of Bowie has only intensified. As a musician, Bowie's legacy is remarkable, but his place in the popular imagination is due to so much more than his music. As a visual performer, he defied classification with his psychedelic aesthetics, his larger-than-life image, more

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Dec 2, 2019

    David Bowie fans are sure to like this as it is a nice peek at one point of Bowie's career; Allred fans are going to love every single panel and page of this book and comic fans should love it as it is a perfect encapsulation of the art form. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Dec 5, 2019

    Fast-paced and illustrated gorgeously, this is the kind of biography that the man himself likely would have preferred. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Shawn Warner Dec 4, 2019

    The narrative wraps up with several gorgeous splash pages, beautifully designed and rendered with Allred's usual attention to detail and photographic authenticity. Many of the images are recognizable from the source material used, however Allred's signature style is always evident. The story leaves us with an open ended conclusion that allows Bowie's larger than life persona to live on beyond the artist's final work. The narrative takes on a life of its own at this point, becoming much more than the sum of its amazing parts. While I am admittedly a huge Bowie fan myself, I found this book to be enjoyable beyond my own adoration of the man and his music. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 8, 2020

    Still, the passion and research shows in every panel. Allred has done his best work here and it is a beautiful book to look at. The likenesses for every character is perfect. This is a great book for any Bowie fan or for anyone who was always curious about his life. There are certainly a lot of things I never knew about and it is an impressive book overall. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Rogues Portal - Michael Farris Jr. Jan 10, 2020

    Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams is a triumph for Bowie fans and music history lovers everywhere. People who grew up watching Bowie take on the world will wax nostalgic and learn new bits of trivia, and people who latched onto Bowie after the prime of his career will learn all of the amazing ways he crossed paths with movers and shakers of the '70s and '80s and ultimately influenced generations of musicians to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Cidnya Jan 3, 2020

    Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns, and Moonage Daydreams is a theatrical spectacle of passion, rock and roll, and art on paper. Horton and the Allred's created a comic that showcases the rise, growth and fame of beloved David Bowie and every musician that he encountered. Shedding light into his life in a detailed, researched manner, any fan would be enthralled to finally own such a special homage to the Starman himself. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jan 8, 2020

    This book truly feels like a passion project and transported me to a bittersweet day six years when a closeted, sad teenager listened to the CD of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stars and the Spiders from Mars and felt "not alone". It's a must read for any Bowie fan, especially those who love his early-1970s work the best. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Nov 6, 2019

    Allred and Horton cap off the story of Bowie/Stardust with pages that show the many lives that Bowie lived after allowing the alien to inhabit him. These lives are simply captured through iconic images of David Bowie, images without words or context yet these pages are so much more exciting because Allred and Horton’s adoration of the men gets out of the way of the story they’re trying to tell. A montage from the period immediately before Bowie’s death in 2016 defines the man's views of life and death so much more evocatively than so much of the book does. A story lives in these pages where too much of the rest of the book is a catalog of events and gigs. Read Full Review

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