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Black Stars Above #1

Writer: Lonnie Nadler Artist: Jenna Cha Publisher: Vault Comics Release Date: November 13, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 6
8.9Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

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A young fur trapper flees her overbearing family only to get lost in a dreamlike winter wilderness that harbours a cosmic threat.
The year is 1887 and a storm brews. Eulalie Dubois has spent her entire life tending to her family's trapline, isolated from the world. A chance at freedom comes in the form of a parcel that needs delivering to a nameless town north of the wilderness. Little does Eulalie know, something sinister hides in those woods and it yearns for what she carries. A chilling historical cosmic horror tale of survival from the deranged minds of Lonnie Nadler (The Dregs, Marvelous X-Men) and debut artist Jenna Cha.

  • 10
    AIPT - Ari Bard Nov 13, 2019

    Black Stars Above is a comic that explores humanity in the face of the unknown, and how we confront the cosmic mysteries all around us. It uses an epistolary narrative framework to explore the vast and uncultivated environment of 19th century Canada through the lenses of horror, historical fiction, and mystery while revealing the impact nature can have on people very different from ourselves. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rogues Portal - Michael Farris Jr. Dec 31, 1969

    Black Stars Above is grounded in themes that provoke empathy and familiarity while also managing to scare the bejesus out of you. It's only one issue in, but it already has so much that you can skin from multiple readings. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Dec 4, 2019

    This whole sequence is some top notch horror. Since we've become so deeply invested in Eulalie's life by this point, seeing her in possible danger is incredibly frightening. I was clenching my fists between pages as something began lurking outside her tent. I have no idea what could be coming for this poor girl, but I'm terrified of the possibilities. Do not sleep on Black Stars Above. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comics Bookcase - Nick Couture Nov 14, 2019

    Black Stars Above might be the most impressive Vault debut yet, and thats saying a lot. These creators give us a warm blanket of cosmic horror with an incredibly well-realized main character. Im excited to follow her into the woods, where the existential dread is guaranteed to escalate. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 19, 2019

    The series is walking a fine line between horror and history, and so far, it's very, very good. But not for the weak of heart! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Nov 12, 2019

    Allowing a fine humanity into the usually cold, detached genre of cosmic horror, Black Stars Above #1 is a sterling example of elevated horror in comics. It both delves into the weird, but it’s not afraid to make its characters real people rather than doomed mouthpieces to be dashed into insanity. It doesn’t handwave away the racial politics of the era, nor does it engage in blatant racism like genre’s most prolific contributor. Instead it makes the racial strife at the center of this family text, tempering the insolation and tension of the cosmic horror with timely social horror. Armed with brains, heart, and a dark soul, Black Stars Above #1 is a nightmare well worth having. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Nov 14, 2019

    Fear of the unknown continues unabated in yet another winner at Vault Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Grant DeArmitt Oct 10, 2019

    Vault Comics made a grand entrance into horror comics with THE PLOT. In BLACK STARS ABOVE, they've made it clear they plan on staying. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Nov 12, 2019

    At the end of the day, this is a great first issue of what I think is going to be another hit series from Vault Comics, and on a personal note, Im really pleased to be reading a new series from Lonnie Nadler. I cant wait to see what the remaining issues have in store for us. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Shawn Hacaga Nov 13, 2019

    This is certainly a spooky story! I got Lovecraft vibes when reading it and I'm a big fan of that type of psychological horror. The historical setting, the artwork, and the dark colors definitely helped enhance the creepy factor. I loved how the story was told through Eulalie's journal. It was also an especially nice touch that you can see how she crosses out certain things and edits them. The story does go at a slow pace and not a lot was revealed but that's just how it goes. It did a great job of setting up what's to come next. Overall, this was a good first issue and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Lovecraftian horror. There's a lot of potential here. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Sequential Planet - Alexander Cole Nov 19, 2019

    Overall it's a good book. This is only the first issue so it's mostly setup but it's still enjoyable. I see a lot of potential in Black Stars Above and I'll definitely be reading future issues. The suspenseful approach might put off some horror fans but it's done incredibly well. Just don't go into this expecting jump scares and you should enjoy it. Read Full Review

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