This series is quickly climbing up my charts with every fantastic issue. Issue #3 of Starlight spotlights two very important aspects of the story. The first is the introduction of Lord Kingfisher, the leader who has taken over the planet Tantalus. His opening scene is both arrogant and menacing. He is one of those villains that has charisma so you end up loving and hating the guy. He delivers one of the best lines in the comic while talking to a member of the resistance and torturing him with a pair of telekinesis gloves he just purchased.
“I paid for this with a year’s supply of your planet’s most precious minerals. Think about that as you die. Because that’s what I’m spending your money on, loyal soldier…useless toys.”
Then we shift over to Duke McQueen who has arrived in Tantalus. He seems very worried and reserved; personally I am getting a little worried for him at this point. I am not sure how this old man is going to be able to do anything to save this planet. I understand he saved them once but he is so old now, he looks like he will barely be able to climb the castle stairs. Duke sees a statue of himself which was erected after he saved Tantalus so many years ago. I don’t know if this fueled Duke and lit a fire within him but just a few panels later the police are beating on a helpless victim and Duke takes matters into his own hands. I was thinking, “Oh no Duke, what are you doing? Get out of there.” But before I could even think of how badly I’m going to feel when he gets the shit beat out of him he turns it on and absolutely annihilates the first four cops and then does the same to the next four cops to show up. This is the first we get to see of Duke kicking ass and I definitely do not have any worries anymore. The guy may be 60 years old but he is a rock star!
This issue took the story to the next level introducing a menacing villain and then putting Duke’s toughness and skills on full display. I am really enjoying this series. Millar and Parlov are doing some excellent work with this one!