Digital Diamond: Marvel’s New Universe Revisited In ‘Star Brand Classic’ Vol.1

by Olly MacNamee

Back in 1986, when Marvel were celebrating their 25th anniversary, Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter tried to usher in a brand new universe and a brand new set of characters for Marvel fans. One such title was Star Brand.
Needless to say, this would ultimately become a failed exercise and the whole line was soon mothballed. But the comic book fans of the 80s grew up to become the creators of today and Star Brand hasn’t been forgotten with both Warren Ellis and more recently Johnathan Hickman returning the Star Brand into the zeitgeist of contemporary comics. And today on comiXology, Marvel are offering up a collection of the original series from 1986, collecting together Star Brand #1 – 7 for $12.99 written by Jim Shooter with art by John Romita Jr and inks by the late great Al Williamson
“A New Universe is born as Pittsburgh mechanic Ken Connell is gifted with the strange superhuman abilities of the Star Brand! As he struggles to come to grips with his newfound powers in an all-too-real world without super heroes, Ken battles terrorists and paranormals, survives a point-blank nuclear explosion, blows up a mountain on the moon…and single-handedly attacks Libya!”
Star Brand Classic Vol. 1 is out now digitally from Marvel

Olly MacNamee

A unashamed DC Comics fan and sometime teacher for over 20 years! I got lucky and found the escape hatch. Now, I just read and write about comics all day long. Co-host of the ICE-Cast podcast and one third of the brains behind Birmingham's street art and graffiti festival High Vis Fest.

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