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Subj: Okay, I have read all of Dreadstar so here it is:
Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 at 05:42:04 pm EDT (Viewed 127 times)
Reply Subj: Re: New banner! DREADSTAR was a creator-owned success
Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 at 02:48:52 am EDT (Viewed 146 times)

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I remember Dreadstar being a pretty hot item(of course, Marvel Graphic Novels were a very hot item) back in the 80's but, like you, I never checked it out. I found Starlin's concept of Universal religion to be interesting in his Marvel Cosmic work and I see from Wikipedia that it was a theme in Dreadstar as well. I'd bet it would be worth a read.


1. After DoCM, Starlin went to work at Marvel's Epic Illustrated magazine.

2. It was in that book that Starlin started the Metamorphosis Odyssey that after a few chapters introduced Vanth Dreadstar. He was teamed with a sorcerer and some others to stop a war that was destroying the Milky Way galaxy.

The solution to the war was rather....extreme.

3. Dreadstar then arrives in the Empirical Galaxy where the sorcerer goads him into killing him and as he dies warns him that this galaxy could suffer a similar fate unless he can find a better way. The galaxy has been at war between the Monarchy and the Church of the Instrumentality for centuries and the economy is permanently set to a wartime economy, thus it is a perpetual stalemate.

4. THE PRICE: a story that introduces and gives the origin and destiny of the magic user Syzygy Darklock. You may notice some parallels between him and the 70's version of Adam Warlock.

5. The Dreadstar Graphic novel. Syzygy finds Vanth as he knows Vanth is part of his future destiny that could change the galaxy for the good. Vanth finally gets into the fight.

6. The Dreadstar series. Part of the EPIC lineup of Marvel books. Interesting plot lines, also some resemblance between Dreadstar and Mar-Vell and The Lord Papal and Thanos. After about 26 issues the series goes to First Comics for the remainder of its run.

After the major arc is completed, Starlin took a backseat and Peter David took over the writing.

Character evolution would occur, death would occur, including a rather amazing display of ruthlessness from the Lord Papal, religion and the need for people to believe in something even if it may be a false god (you will know what I mean when you see the character). A very interesting twist about Syzygy was revealed around issue 13, secrets about Dreadstar and his Power are brought forth, and at times some things were not quite what it seems.

Overall, a good series and storyline when Starlin was writing and doing the art. After he took a backseat, the artwork shifted in quality for a time until Angel Medina took over. The story floundered for a bit until Peter David took over and while entertaining and had some surprises it was a bit predictable.

Years later, Malibu comics did a Dreadstar miniseries that wrapped up loose ends from the previous series.

Years later Starlin was working on one of his books...BREED I think it was called and he had a multidimensional crossover with all of his owned characters appearing in it, including Dreadstar.

There has been talk for years about Starlin getting Dreadstar into a TV series, and I hope it happens. The stories in the Milky Way galaxy could easily be a season, then season 2 starts with him in the Empirical Galaxy.


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