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It takes strength to live as your true self, and one alien princess disguised as a human boy is about to test her power. A vibrant story about gender identity, romance, and shining as bright as the stars. Taylor Barzelay has the perfect life. Good looks, good grades, a starting position on the basketball team, a loving family, even an adorable corgi. Every day in Taylor’s l It takes strength to live as your true self, and one alien princess disguised as a human boy is about to test her power. A vibrant story about gender identity, romance, and shining as bright as the stars. Taylor Barzelay has the perfect life. Good looks, good grades, a starting position on the basketball team, a loving family, even an adorable corgi. Every day in Taylor’s life is perfect. And every day is torture. Taylor is actually the Galaxy Crowned, an alien princess from the planet Cyandii, and one of the few survivors of an intergalactic war. For six long, painful years, Taylor has accepted her duty to remain in hiding as a boy on Earth. That all changes when Taylor meets Metropolis girl Katherine “call me Kat” Silverberg, whose confidence is electrifying. Suddenly, Taylor no longer wants to hide, even if exposing her true identity could attract her greatest enemies. From the charming and brilliant mind behind the popular podcast The Voice of Free Planet X, Jadzia Axelrod, and with stunningly colorful artwork by Jess Taylor comes the story of a girl in hiding who must face her fears to see herself as others see her: the prettiest star.


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It takes strength to live as your true self, and one alien princess disguised as a human boy is about to test her power. A vibrant story about gender identity, romance, and shining as bright as the stars. Taylor Barzelay has the perfect life. Good looks, good grades, a starting position on the basketball team, a loving family, even an adorable corgi. Every day in Taylor’s l It takes strength to live as your true self, and one alien princess disguised as a human boy is about to test her power. A vibrant story about gender identity, romance, and shining as bright as the stars. Taylor Barzelay has the perfect life. Good looks, good grades, a starting position on the basketball team, a loving family, even an adorable corgi. Every day in Taylor’s life is perfect. And every day is torture. Taylor is actually the Galaxy Crowned, an alien princess from the planet Cyandii, and one of the few survivors of an intergalactic war. For six long, painful years, Taylor has accepted her duty to remain in hiding as a boy on Earth. That all changes when Taylor meets Metropolis girl Katherine “call me Kat” Silverberg, whose confidence is electrifying. Suddenly, Taylor no longer wants to hide, even if exposing her true identity could attract her greatest enemies. From the charming and brilliant mind behind the popular podcast The Voice of Free Planet X, Jadzia Axelrod, and with stunningly colorful artwork by Jess Taylor comes the story of a girl in hiding who must face her fears to see herself as others see her: the prettiest star.

30 review for Galaxy: The Prettiest Star

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maia

    Taylor looks like an ordinary teen boy (two siblings, single father, member of the high school basketball team) but she is actually a princess from an alien planet, hiding in disguise on Earth. She's feeling increasingly trapped in the gender and human body that confine her, but when she meets a sexy and confident girl from Metropolis she finally gets the courage to start letting her real self show. The story is simple, but it's cool to see an explicitly trans book come out from DC Comics from a Taylor looks like an ordinary teen boy (two siblings, single father, member of the high school basketball team) but she is actually a princess from an alien planet, hiding in disguise on Earth. She's feeling increasingly trapped in the gender and human body that confine her, but when she meets a sexy and confident girl from Metropolis she finally gets the courage to start letting her real self show. The story is simple, but it's cool to see an explicitly trans book come out from DC Comics from a trans writer and nonbinary artist.

  2. 4 out of 5

    M.

    I really loved the artsyle, the colours were really pretty too, but I must admit this graphic novel didn't land on me as much as I hoped for. I found some cuts in action a bit weird and the endings unsatisfactory (they focus a lot on the love story, which is great of course because they are very cute, but it didn't really have drama; the relationship with the "brother", "father" and best friend were, in my opinion, highly underdeveloped, and the fact that the Neva never appeared... I don't know) I really loved the artsyle, the colours were really pretty too, but I must admit this graphic novel didn't land on me as much as I hoped for. I found some cuts in action a bit weird and the endings unsatisfactory (they focus a lot on the love story, which is great of course because they are very cute, but it didn't really have drama; the relationship with the "brother", "father" and best friend were, in my opinion, highly underdeveloped, and the fact that the Neva never appeared... I don't know). I feel like they kept the story quite plain, the scifi elements didn't add that much to the story I feel (if they had explored the brother or the invasion further... I'll shut up about it now). I don't know, I do think it's a nice way to introduce trans identities to young people and it reads really easily but I do wish it had gone that extra mile.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Thank you to NetGalley, DC Entertainment, DC Comics, and Jadzia Axelrod for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Taylor is the Galaxy Crowned of her planet (basically the equivalent of a princess). She must hide on earth with a human disguise in order to remain safe from an enemy alien race. When she meets Kat, she finds that being her true form and female self is what is meant to be. She doesn't want to hide as a human boy any more. With the exploration of love, sel Thank you to NetGalley, DC Entertainment, DC Comics, and Jadzia Axelrod for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Taylor is the Galaxy Crowned of her planet (basically the equivalent of a princess). She must hide on earth with a human disguise in order to remain safe from an enemy alien race. When she meets Kat, she finds that being her true form and female self is what is meant to be. She doesn't want to hide as a human boy any more. With the exploration of love, self, and finding what's truly important in life, Taylor broves to be a dynamic character through which the reader can really see how others may struggle with self-identity. Also, their technology is grown in the ground, and there is a talking dog that is rather cute, but also creepily annoying. An excellent stand-alone graphic novel (with potential for more, though unnecessary), featuring core values and importances that young people struggle with every day. An exquisite color pallate with gorgeous illustrations. A highly recomended read for LGBTQ+ teens, but anyone interetsted in reading a phenomenally well-written story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    scrbl

    This might easily be my favorite book of the year. I didn’t know just how much I could love and get attached to a new character but Jadzia and Jess have done an outstanding job with her heartfelt writing and their stunning art. Taylor is such a beautiful princess inside and out. I feel like there’s so much more to say but this story made me feel every emotion there is, which is why I need a moment. You can truly feel the honesty that has poured from Jadzia’s heart. She’s been so incredibly genero This might easily be my favorite book of the year. I didn’t know just how much I could love and get attached to a new character but Jadzia and Jess have done an outstanding job with her heartfelt writing and their stunning art. Taylor is such a beautiful princess inside and out. I feel like there’s so much more to say but this story made me feel every emotion there is, which is why I need a moment. You can truly feel the honesty that has poured from Jadzia’s heart. She’s been so incredibly generous sharing this with the world, with kids and adults alike who’ll read this story, and I’m nothing but delighted to have been able to join in on this adventure. So excited for what the future will bring for Taylor and Kat.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    I liked the part where every page of this book looks really hecking pretty, the colours especially. The story itself plays out more like a romance than any sort of action book I'd expect from DC, with the primary arc being our heroine's confidence in sticking up for herself and what she wants. It's a great journey with an adorable talking dog/robot, cool basketball moves, and lots of pretty dresses. I liked the part where every page of this book looks really hecking pretty, the colours especially. The story itself plays out more like a romance than any sort of action book I'd expect from DC, with the primary arc being our heroine's confidence in sticking up for herself and what she wants. It's a great journey with an adorable talking dog/robot, cool basketball moves, and lots of pretty dresses.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Let’s start with the fact that I’m so happy this comic exist for trans youth today. How incredible is it that we finally have a DC comic featuring a transgender main character?? Now, let’s talk about what worked and didn’t work for me with this graphic novel. Starting with what worked, the art is the biggest standout for me. Jess Taylor did such a phenomenal job for this novel and I’ve never seen anything quite like it. They were also intentional it seemed about the chosen color palette at times, Let’s start with the fact that I’m so happy this comic exist for trans youth today. How incredible is it that we finally have a DC comic featuring a transgender main character?? Now, let’s talk about what worked and didn’t work for me with this graphic novel. Starting with what worked, the art is the biggest standout for me. Jess Taylor did such a phenomenal job for this novel and I’ve never seen anything quite like it. They were also intentional it seemed about the chosen color palette at times, displaying pride, which I loved. I also really loved the coming of age aspects of this story and Argus, the robot (kind of) corgi who was just the best. Plus the sheer brilliance of Jadzia in the craft of this story full of metaphors for the trans experience is just incredible. PS reading some interviews with Jadzia made me have an even deeper appreciation for what she did here. As for what didn’t work, it was simply the story and the pacing. There were a few jumps in time that felt a bit out of place and everything seemed to pick up speed rapidly towards the end and then it just ended. It just didn’t feel like a concluding moment for me and perhaps it would have benefited from being a bit longer. Also, I kind of went into this expecting superhero action and whatnots which is not what this book is. This isn’t a negative point just something I wanted to mention in case you have similar expectations. Here is a review from Carol on Comics Unmasked, an own voices review: https://comicsunmasked.com/the-stars-...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Super cute, colorful, and heartwarming story about being yourself at all costs. Taylor is an alien princess being forced to live undercover as a human boy on Earth. Oddly enough, this apparently takes place in the same world as Superman? This is published by DC Comics so I shouldn't be too surprised (and he never makes an actual appearance). Taylor just wants to start living as herself and throw away the mask she's forced to wear. She starts to gain the confidence to do that when she meets Kat, t Super cute, colorful, and heartwarming story about being yourself at all costs. Taylor is an alien princess being forced to live undercover as a human boy on Earth. Oddly enough, this apparently takes place in the same world as Superman? This is published by DC Comics so I shouldn't be too surprised (and he never makes an actual appearance). Taylor just wants to start living as herself and throw away the mask she's forced to wear. She starts to gain the confidence to do that when she meets Kat, the new girl in town. Kat shows her that being herself is the most beautiful thing to be. I think this is a super important comic; for trans girls to see themselves being represented as the beautiful stars they are. About not hiding, and facing your fears. Beautiful story that I'm glad I ordered for my library's collection.

  8. 4 out of 5

    TJ

    What a beautiful book! Easily, easily the best YA DC Comics graphic novel they've put out. The metaphors and trans rep intertwine magically. If this story doesn't make you feel something, I don't know what will. And there's a talking corgi! I can't recommend this enough for anyone looking for a fantastical coming of age story with trans representation. 5/5 stars. What a beautiful book! Easily, easily the best YA DC Comics graphic novel they've put out. The metaphors and trans rep intertwine magically. If this story doesn't make you feel something, I don't know what will. And there's a talking corgi! I can't recommend this enough for anyone looking for a fantastical coming of age story with trans representation. 5/5 stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Femme Power Comix

    My preview copy only had partial art so I don't feel like I can properly assess it, but I can say the queer rep is very prominent which is always nice to see from the big 2! Admittedly I didnt feel particularly engaged while reading, but again without full art I can't say that is entirely the stories fault. I can see this being a pretty beloved read for queer teen/YA readers. My preview copy only had partial art so I don't feel like I can properly assess it, but I can say the queer rep is very prominent which is always nice to see from the big 2! Admittedly I didnt feel particularly engaged while reading, but again without full art I can't say that is entirely the stories fault. I can see this being a pretty beloved read for queer teen/YA readers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jess Witkins

    3.5 stars Loved the story, but it's a total cliffhanger! Awesome use of color in the artwork, the book is engaging and interesting and creatively laid out and revealed. It's a cool new DC series where Taylor is an alien princess who's been hidden away on Earth and disguised as a human boy! She has a decoy family and a robot dog watching out for her, but as Taylor spends another year away her home memories and true self, the waiting and watchfulness get worse. Suddenly, Taylor meets someone else n 3.5 stars Loved the story, but it's a total cliffhanger! Awesome use of color in the artwork, the book is engaging and interesting and creatively laid out and revealed. It's a cool new DC series where Taylor is an alien princess who's been hidden away on Earth and disguised as a human boy! She has a decoy family and a robot dog watching out for her, but as Taylor spends another year away her home memories and true self, the waiting and watchfulness get worse. Suddenly, Taylor meets someone else new who understands her and gives her confidence. As Taylor pushes more boundaries, the push and pull on her identity grows. Cool world-building, great read for high schoolers and up, awesome inclusiveness of LGBTQ+ themes and complicated families.

  11. 4 out of 5

    JW

    Read this for Pride month. Taylor has been living a lie. She has been pretending to be a human boy these last six years while she has been on the run from alien pursuers. She’s really an alien princess, and she’s not hiding her true identity anymore. Lovely art and touching story about fully embracing yourself and coming out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Mellen

    Thanks to Netgalley and DC Entertainment for the ARC of this! This was so adorable and I loved the diversity. I liked that it focused more on social issues and belonging than on fighting the “bad guys”. The doggie robot guardian was the cutest. I would definitely read more.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Renata

    This art is gorgeousssss and the romance is sweet. The alien-in-disguise scenario works great as a transgender allegory. I'm not really sure where this fits into the DC universe (aside from a few passing mentions of Superman) and I don't think this would please someone looking for a Superhero Story, but readers looking for queer sci-fi romance will find a lot to like. This art is gorgeousssss and the romance is sweet. The alien-in-disguise scenario works great as a transgender allegory. I'm not really sure where this fits into the DC universe (aside from a few passing mentions of Superman) and I don't think this would please someone looking for a Superhero Story, but readers looking for queer sci-fi romance will find a lot to like.

  14. 5 out of 5

    London Heady

    Just a tremendous piece of storytelling. Well balanced characters, beautifully drawn scenes, and enough emotions to completely destroy me. I'm currently sobbing. Incredible stuff. Just a tremendous piece of storytelling. Well balanced characters, beautifully drawn scenes, and enough emotions to completely destroy me. I'm currently sobbing. Incredible stuff.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Damon Verdema

    Explicitly trans comic from DC with a trans author and nonbinary artist? SIGN ME UP. This was very sweet, and the art was absolutely gorgeous.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    Remember that show 3rd Rock from the Sun -- this had that vibe while being an LGBTQ+ high school self discovery story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rowan

    the art is gorgeous, the characters are so real, and the trans metaphor was perfect. I was actually worried I wouldn't get as much out of a story about a space princess literally trapped in a boy's body, since I'm not a trans woman, but it was metaphorical enough that I think this story can speak to anyone who fears the consequences of being truly themselves. recommended for: trans people, non-binary people, gender nonconforming people, and anyone who feels they have to hide some aspect of their the art is gorgeous, the characters are so real, and the trans metaphor was perfect. I was actually worried I wouldn't get as much out of a story about a space princess literally trapped in a boy's body, since I'm not a trans woman, but it was metaphorical enough that I think this story can speak to anyone who fears the consequences of being truly themselves. recommended for: trans people, non-binary people, gender nonconforming people, and anyone who feels they have to hide some aspect of their self in exchange for some kind of safety.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Dang

    A secret identity, a new romance, and finding the strength to be yourself. The story follows an alien princess who is disguised as a human boy to not only test her powers but to keep herself hidden. Taylor Barzelay has the perfect life, he’s good looking, has great grades, and is a starting position on the basketball family. He’s got a loving family and a cute corgi.... but this is all just a cover. In reality Taylor is actually the Galaxy Crowned, an alience princess from the planet Cyandii who A secret identity, a new romance, and finding the strength to be yourself. The story follows an alien princess who is disguised as a human boy to not only test her powers but to keep herself hidden. Taylor Barzelay has the perfect life, he’s good looking, has great grades, and is a starting position on the basketball family. He’s got a loving family and a cute corgi.... but this is all just a cover. In reality Taylor is actually the Galaxy Crowned, an alience princess from the planet Cyandii who is in hiding as a survivor of an intergalatic war. For six years Taylor has been doing her duty and hiding as a boy on earth but all of that changes when she meets Metropolis girl Katherine aka Kat Silverberg. Kat is confident, beautiful, and fun and Taylor finds herself falling for her. Now she’ll have to find out if she is willing to risk it all to finally be herself and reveal herself to the one girl she is falling in love with. But revealing herself means opening up to new enemies and danger... but maybe it will be worth it all. This was such a charming and sweet story about gender identity and the romance was just so cute. I absolutely adored the artwork! IT WAS STUNNING! Definitely give this one a read! *Thanks Netgalley and DC Entertainment, DC Comics for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review*

  19. 4 out of 5

    MJ Barrette

    This was an awesome read. Loved the queer representation and the story line lended well to the themes that the comic explored. Extra star points for adorable talking Corgi companion. I loved the art work and l know it'll resonate well with YA readers. The colouring was aesthetically pleasing and the art style was really cool. So often YA is put through an adult lense, and this seemed to be written for the age group it's intended for which is refreshing. Also the feelings of hopelessness were rea This was an awesome read. Loved the queer representation and the story line lended well to the themes that the comic explored. Extra star points for adorable talking Corgi companion. I loved the art work and l know it'll resonate well with YA readers. The colouring was aesthetically pleasing and the art style was really cool. So often YA is put through an adult lense, and this seemed to be written for the age group it's intended for which is refreshing. Also the feelings of hopelessness were really spot on and we love to see realistic rep especially when it comes to feelings. Screw Buck though. DC Pride offerings this year are already awesome and I am so happy we are getting this juicy queer rep. Thank you to NetGalley and DC Entertainment for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    First of all, the dreamy, watercolory art is absolutely GORGEOUS! I loved the story and the analogy of a trans/alien experience worked for me. Definitely more of a romance than a superhero story, it's still a great origin for a cool new hero! First of all, the dreamy, watercolory art is absolutely GORGEOUS! I loved the story and the analogy of a trans/alien experience worked for me. Definitely more of a romance than a superhero story, it's still a great origin for a cool new hero!

  21. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    Loved it! Loved the story, loved the art. There’s a lot for me to gush about by specific character, but if you want the clif notes review: this is a great graphic novel and story going into LGBTQIA+ month. I’m so glad DC have this the green light and hope this story is incorporated into the larger universe (Young Justice???). There’s a wonderful cast of characters. Here are the (spoiler free) synopsis on why I love them. I loved the main character (Taylor is her name used on the back, but her name Loved it! Loved the story, loved the art. There’s a lot for me to gush about by specific character, but if you want the clif notes review: this is a great graphic novel and story going into LGBTQIA+ month. I’m so glad DC have this the green light and hope this story is incorporated into the larger universe (Young Justice???). There’s a wonderful cast of characters. Here are the (spoiler free) synopsis on why I love them. I loved the main character (Taylor is her name used on the back, but her name is actually Taelyr) and thought she was awesome. I think it would be cool if she fought alongside other DC supers, but at this level I just want her to have a happy ending (hopefully with her amazing girlfriend Kat). Kat and her mom are a great supportive part of the story. She gets Taylor/Taelyr out of her shell and helps her embrace herself. Kay is also a much better friend than a few other characters. Argus is a fun sidekick. I love corgis and Argus is the best. He’s also super supportive and I want an Argus in my life. Sally is the sweetest little sister. She knows everything one in her family is different and takes it all in stride (much better than her adopted father Phil and angsty teen adopted brother Carl). Speaking of Carl. I get him. He’s a well written and understandable character. I hope he further grows in future installments because I wanted to punch him a couple of times. Phil is the overprotective parent who thinks they know what’s best, but is actually making a bigger mess. I get him too, even if I disagree with him.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christian

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was blown away by this one 💙 As someone under the Trans umbrella, ‘Galaxy’ had me literally crying in my car. I don’t even know where to start with this review! The art, we’ll start with the artwork😭 It was beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous with amazing colors! Like, I would frame some of these pages & panels to hang on my wall. The Story! We are given just enough background information to help the story along. I know some people thought it wasn’t enough, but considering this is a single book story I was blown away by this one 💙 As someone under the Trans umbrella, ‘Galaxy’ had me literally crying in my car. I don’t even know where to start with this review! The art, we’ll start with the artwork😭 It was beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous with amazing colors! Like, I would frame some of these pages & panels to hang on my wall. The Story! We are given just enough background information to help the story along. I know some people thought it wasn’t enough, but considering this is a single book story, I didn’t have a problem with it. I feel like Taylor was easy to empathize with; she could be anyone and anyone could be her. In stories like these, you want to be able to see yourself in the main character’s roll and the author did that wonderfully. I was a big fan of the panels that showed glimpses of Taylor’s inner rage and anguish with having to conceal herself. It was real and needed to be shown. I feel like we often see dysphoria in media as disgust or sadness, when anger and rage is also just as common. Taylor’s reaction immediately post Kat’s makeover was so well done. The flood of emotions, both positive and negative, was so good! It’s not always elation and immediately feeling amazing; it’s also scary and different. I really could go on about this comic, but I want others to read it so I’m going to stop myself right here lol. I think this story is really important and I would recommend ‘Galaxy’ for just about everyone!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Courts

    What a lovely, heartfelt graphic novel. The story centers around a very thinly veiled metaphor for being trans; a cosmic massacre six years before left the main character, Taylor, hiding out on Earth as a human boy with a few other refugees from their home planet in the disguise as a normal small-town family. Oh, and Taylor's adorable Corgi? A talking, organic android who ends up being a great character. Taylor struggles with her human male form, finding solace in basketball but spiraling further What a lovely, heartfelt graphic novel. The story centers around a very thinly veiled metaphor for being trans; a cosmic massacre six years before left the main character, Taylor, hiding out on Earth as a human boy with a few other refugees from their home planet in the disguise as a normal small-town family. Oh, and Taylor's adorable Corgi? A talking, organic android who ends up being a great character. Taylor struggles with her human male form, finding solace in basketball but spiraling further into depression. Until she meets Kat, an outspoken teenage girl who encourages Taylor to reach for the stars and be who she really is. The relationship between Kat and Taylor was super lovely, healthy and encouraging, and an absolute delight to read. Teen lesbian sweetness at its absolute best. Galaxy was beautifully written by Jadzia Axelrod, there were several moments where I teared up when reading Taylor's inner monologue, and even more stunningly illustrated by Jess Taylor. Jess Taylor's art is unique and so, so colourful I just stared at various pages for minutes, examining the details. I hope it's not the last we hear from these characters as there are some lose ends, both personal and cosmic, that I'd love to see cleared up.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Roman

    i forgot this was a DC graphic novel so every time superman was unironically referenced it would REALLY confuse me until i got used to it. besides the initial confusion, its a cute GN and a trans allegory. its not ham-fisted, it is gentle, and as she comes out (and is forced to stay exposed, like in any coming out story) her family has varying reactions— but everyone with doubts eventually comes around and with very little fuss. quite refreshing! only qualms are the pacing, which i have found is i forgot this was a DC graphic novel so every time superman was unironically referenced it would REALLY confuse me until i got used to it. besides the initial confusion, its a cute GN and a trans allegory. its not ham-fisted, it is gentle, and as she comes out (and is forced to stay exposed, like in any coming out story) her family has varying reactions— but everyone with doubts eventually comes around and with very little fuss. quite refreshing! only qualms are the pacing, which i have found is difficult to master in GN’s, and my own personal gripe with allegories. yes, allegories are easier for most people outside of a demographic to consume and analyze. that being said: wishing writers would be more explicit about how they portray open transness and let trans people be explicitly trans! despite this, i think they approached the topic well, and were able to make it entertaining and fantastical. the artist for this GN is experienced and has a wonderful eye for color! the shape language, layering, and composition of some of the spreads were really beautiful and well executed.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    A beautiful and unique comic. The art style is reminiscent of Hanna Barbera cartoons, a style my dad always criticized for looking cheap, but cheap or not, the art has its charm. The authors did a great job on character and unusual panel designs. The only issue is that the story itself has a lot of holes. There are important plot points that just never get addressed. Perhaps the romance was the "main plot," but to me it seemed like it should have been a subplot. Galaxy and Kat are great, and the A beautiful and unique comic. The art style is reminiscent of Hanna Barbera cartoons, a style my dad always criticized for looking cheap, but cheap or not, the art has its charm. The authors did a great job on character and unusual panel designs. The only issue is that the story itself has a lot of holes. There are important plot points that just never get addressed. Perhaps the romance was the "main plot," but to me it seemed like it should have been a subplot. Galaxy and Kat are great, and the comic book industry needs transgender lesbian representation, but wouldn't it be cooler if this story was more than that? I would like to see a comic where super hero Princess Galaxy fights and destroys the Vane, instead of just living her life on Earth and hoping they don't find her. Idk that being said, this comic has a lot of charm. I would read the sequel. I just hope that sequel tells us more about the Vane and Galaxy's super powers.

  26. 4 out of 5

    KelceyTheLibrarian

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Part of my 2022 PopSugar Reading Challenge: An #OwnVoices SFF (science fiction and fantasy) book So very happy to see this book in the world and I wanted to read it as soon as it arrived at the library! First of all, that color palette and that art absolutely capture the eye and draw it forward along the page. Sooo gorgeous. Secondly, I didn't dislike the book at all, it just had some issues that I feel really bogged it down, pacing and plot jumps/holes. I also I felt a little misled, thinking th Part of my 2022 PopSugar Reading Challenge: An #OwnVoices SFF (science fiction and fantasy) book So very happy to see this book in the world and I wanted to read it as soon as it arrived at the library! First of all, that color palette and that art absolutely capture the eye and draw it forward along the page. Sooo gorgeous. Secondly, I didn't dislike the book at all, it just had some issues that I feel really bogged it down, pacing and plot jumps/holes. I also I felt a little misled, thinking there was going to be an active superhero/superpowers part of the book and I was kind of waiting up until the last page for an encounter from the supposed hunters but they never showed up so I think that was a big letdown for me. Not that it took away from the story, but I wish they didn't build up that part so much and kind of lead me as a reader to expect it. The concept worked wonderfully as a way to introduce being trans to readers who might need extra help understanding it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Liv

    Let me just say that the art is BEYOND beautiful. Taylor’s “alien” form was spectacular. I loved the colors. The art generally was just so enjoyable. I also liked the relationship between her and Kat, and also her and the dog (I’m blanking on his name - Argus?). So sweet. My problem with the book was how fast it went without fully explaining the time going by. I have no idea how much time was ever happening— and it was made especially confusing by interactions that would directly oppose what seem Let me just say that the art is BEYOND beautiful. Taylor’s “alien” form was spectacular. I loved the colors. The art generally was just so enjoyable. I also liked the relationship between her and Kat, and also her and the dog (I’m blanking on his name - Argus?). So sweet. My problem with the book was how fast it went without fully explaining the time going by. I have no idea how much time was ever happening— and it was made especially confusing by interactions that would directly oppose what seemed to be the flow of time. I also was frustrated by the ending. It felt underbaked. I wanted to see that things would get better—easier. I wanted to see others open up to her. I was frustrated in what felt like an ending that cut out the final chapter. I guess I hope there’s another book. That’s my main annoyance. I want more to explain what I’m missing. Beautiful book though! An excellent metaphor.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Galaxy: The Prettiest Star is a coming-of-age story about Taylor, an alien princess trapped in the form of a human boy on earth. From the outside, it looks like Taylor has the perfect life: A starter on the Basketball team, good grades, and a loving family - complete with an adorable corgi. But Taylor is struggling with hiding her true self, even though her life depends on it since The Vane are searching for her. I loved this book! The metaphor for transness and the trans experience in school is Galaxy: The Prettiest Star is a coming-of-age story about Taylor, an alien princess trapped in the form of a human boy on earth. From the outside, it looks like Taylor has the perfect life: A starter on the Basketball team, good grades, and a loving family - complete with an adorable corgi. But Taylor is struggling with hiding her true self, even though her life depends on it since The Vane are searching for her. I loved this book! The metaphor for transness and the trans experience in school is so new and original. Taylor's and Kat's relationship is so heartwarming. I love the character development and the illustrations are absolutely stunning. I definitely am looking forward to buying a physical copy of this! Thank you to DC Entertainment and Netgalley for an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    While I like the idea that this is trying to show how trans people feel, at times it is a little heavy handed. Yes, this is the story of a girl who has to disguise herself as a boy, so that she will not be captured by the beings that killed her parents. The members of her court or people that have survided have transformed themselves to that they appear human, and that should have been that. But Taylor remembers being a girl, and wants to be one again, if only for a little bit. She has also falle While I like the idea that this is trying to show how trans people feel, at times it is a little heavy handed. Yes, this is the story of a girl who has to disguise herself as a boy, so that she will not be captured by the beings that killed her parents. The members of her court or people that have survided have transformed themselves to that they appear human, and that should have been that. But Taylor remembers being a girl, and wants to be one again, if only for a little bit. She has also fallen in love with a very beautiful girl in her class, Kat, and wants her to know her true self. As I said, a little heavy handed, but a good story, and would certainly work to get people who normally dont' undestand trans kids, to get what they are going through, even if they aren't really alien princess.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ayce

    This was very enjoyable! It's about an alien princess from another galaxy living on earth as a human boy for protection. There's a lot of not-so-subtle messages about gender identity, dysphoria, dead naming, and not feeling right in your body. She has issues fitting in at home and school, and only has one friend until a new student arrives in town. There are references to alien life in the city, specifically Superman - but that's not their close-minded one horse town. I guess this is a spoiler, This was very enjoyable! It's about an alien princess from another galaxy living on earth as a human boy for protection. There's a lot of not-so-subtle messages about gender identity, dysphoria, dead naming, and not feeling right in your body. She has issues fitting in at home and school, and only has one friend until a new student arrives in town. There are references to alien life in the city, specifically Superman - but that's not their close-minded one horse town. I guess this is a spoiler, but the one very, very minor issue I had with it was the constant warnings about the alien race she was hiding from potentially attacking. I guess that I expected them to appear at some point? It's not a huge thing at all and didn't take away from the story or anything. It has made me hope for a vol. 2 where that happens!

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