Star Bastard is one of those comics that’s just pure entertainment. Written by Andrew Clemson, Star Bastard centers on Captain Greeves, a slimy yet oddly super-powerful human whose main mission in life seems to be making the rest of his crew miserable with his antics. From sleeping with any alien woman he sees to his ill-timing humour, Greeves is sure to make any objective a hundred times more difficult than it needs to be. He is a bastard in every sense of the word.
It’s very difficult to pin-point one’s feelings on Greeves. On the one hand, he does get plenty of funny lines due to the outrageous scenarios he puts himself in. On the other, he can be downright annoying. Luckily, there’s plenty of other colourful characters to counter balance his more off putting qualities. There’s Molly, his right-hand woman who takes shit from no one including Greeves and Max, a literally small human who doesn’t like that fact pointed out to him. Together, the characters have great chemistry with one another which leads to some of the best dialogue throughout the series.
However, while this comic is very fun at times, there’s also very little substance. Our main heroes experience little to no character development which is a bit of a disappointment. The overall story is also very one-note with Greeves’ main goal being to locate a certain person across the galaxy. The reveal of who he is looking for doesn’t come until the very end and, quite honestly, happens so fast there’s not much of a sense of fulfillment once the reasoning is revealed. It’s very typical of a standard action/comedy minus the character growth needed to make the payoff feel earned.
The artwork is very colourful and expressive. Jethro Morales and Teo Gonzalez bring these characters to life and enhance the humour with their character designs and colours. It truly brings everything to life in the best way possible. The action scenes are also very fun, especially any fight Greeves finds himself in. Overall, this comic is fun, plain and simple. It’s not trying to provoke its audience in any way and remains very one-note throughout. If you’re looking for a simple, fun read with plenty of comedy, then this is something you’ll want to check out.