Sci-fi fantasy novel relates voyage across galaxy and urges readers to make the most of every moment Beyond the Stars by Kelly Beltz tells the story of a young physicist who uncovers new lands, friendships and true love as an unwitting passenger on an alien spaceship

In Beyond the Stars: Kataria by Kelly Beltz, scientist Samantha Gerris discovers the universal humanity that exists far beyond the confines of Earth when she travels across the universe in an alien space capsule.

Samantha never plans to leave Earth, but in Beyond the Stars, she’s inadvertently transported into deep space. At first shocked and desperate to go back home to Earth, she begins to appreciate the wonder of her new situation and calls on her inner resourcefulness to meet every challenge that comes her way. As she embarks on one adventure after another, she finds a most unexpected soul mate, and she comes to realize that friendship, love and family should never be taken for granted, no matter what planet she finds herself on.

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‘Incarnate’ puts a fresh spin on the immortal theme “INCARNATE” IS proof positive that first impressions aren’t always accurate.

Indeed, when Comics Guy first glanced at the new Radical Comics offering, the story did not seem all that original, the art appeared to be closer to the traditional style one would expect from Marvel and DC – rather than the realistic, cinematic art most of the company’s line is known for. The whole point of the project seemed to be to exploit the name of its creator and penciler, Nick Simmons, son of KISS rock legend Gene Simmons.

However, once Comics Guy actually read “Incarnate,” he was pleasantly surprised.

Because, while the idea of a being who cannot die is not original, the way Simmons portrays Mot – the series’ star – is a bit edgy.

Mot continues to search for meaning in a life without the possible release that death provides. As a result, he sees no meaning in life itself and it doesn’t bother him one bit to kill humans – he justifies his coldness by noting how so many humans kill each other. The only thing that bothers him is that his hunger for human flesh causes him to kill humans even when he doesn’t want to.

When Mot hears a shadow group called the Sanctum has found a way to kill the immortals – Mot included – he lets out a laugh that would chill the Joker.

When they demonstrate that they mean business, Mot slices and dices them with such efficiency and glee it would make Wolverine jealous.

Though the story is complicated, it is an excellent introduction to all the main characters. Simmons writes and draws them in a way that makes everyone compellingly fresh and unique.

While it would be fair to say this three-issue arc isn’t bursting at the seams with depth, character development or psychological profiles, it is also fair to say Simmons is just scratching the surface with these characters and that the tale he has cooked up is good, action-packed, bloody fun.

Nick Simmons says that if the demand is there (and early sales numbers indicate it is), “Incarnate” will be the first of many tales he tells with these characters.

“I have really big plans for it in the future, for all the characters,” Simmons told Comics Guy. “One thing that needs to be made clear, though, is that it’s not a horror book. The way I describe it, the differences between my book and a horror book is the same as the difference between the movies ‘Saw’ and ‘Blade.’ One’s a horror film. One is – for the most part – an action film. Both are very, very bloody, both have elements of horror and both are names of sharp cutting instruments. But they’re two very different sorts of films.”

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Wow, after reading that, I actually liked all that ‘Inacarnate’ is, and the art looks amazing. Lets see what Nick Simmons has to gives us 🙂

What do you think?