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Subj: Re: Starbrand and Nightmask #1...
Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 at 09:27:17 pm EST (Viewed 268 times)
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Ho hum...

Starbrand and Nightmask 001

> Two former Avengers with tremendous power and almost zero life experience are on their own, trying to find their place as heroes, cosmic entities and...College students? What meal plan will cover a cosmic metabolism? Can two all-powerful entities share a dorm room the size of a roach motel? Can you safely teleport to Mars after partying all night long at your first kegger? Find out in Starbrand & Nightmask!

pgs 1-4:
http://www.comixology.com/Starbrand-and-Nightmask-2015-1/digital-comic/314932

pgs 16&19&variants:
http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2015/11/11/marvel-preview-starbrand-nightmask-1/

page 5 panels and someone's SPOT ON review:
http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2015/12/15/starbrand-and-nightmask-1-review/

> Hickman’s run on Avengers brought in a lot of characters; some old, some new and some repurposed. Although a slew of characters makes sense strategically speaking for the Avengers team, sadly not many of them could be used for crucial plot purposes. Starbrand and Nightmask are two such characters
Since their overstepped reimagining back into the main MU, their repurposing had/has too many flaws.

> Despite the wackiness of that solicit, Starbrand and Nightmask #1 is a very by the book issue. There’s nothing essentially wrong with that, but there’s nothing that leaps out either.
The book seems to shout cosmic corniness but the cosmic clarity is far too lacking and the corny conversations are much to trying.

> how typical it feels for a first issue, especially when compared to some of the other new Marvel titles
There's that too.

> there’s just nothing to really differentiate it from any other premise that involves two odd-couple friends heading to college.
Doreen Green's one page brought more fun then they did for twenty. The mysteries of Imani and Teen "Wilson Fisk clone" were more interesting than this day in their life.

Also, surprisingly DaCosta got good facetime while admirably representing the New Avengers. Mentioning S.P.E.A.R. and Gilstrap from Avengers 34.1 was okay too.

> However, outside of their bonding and Starbrand’s angst, there’s not much to them outside of the stereotypical Adventure Duo setup. (The trope is inverted here though, as Nightmask is actually the hyper competent sidekick). The pacing is fine, there’s no issues with the storytelling or flow, and the dialogue is alright (though the humor can be hackneyed, especially in the beginning).
Fair call. The offputting 8 MONTH GAP doesn't help their status setup for this premiere either.

> The most problematic part is the tone of the comic — it has difficulty knowing which direction it wants to go.
Bingo.

The repurposed Terrigenized Blizzard is still not appealing in anyway. (As annoying as copyplotting from the TV Agents of SHIELD can be, their take on Donny Gill would have been a better to reimagining.) After that, there's too much time for building the shock value of revealing the main 2 villains and hinting at their mysterious puppet master - instead of convincing readers how Hall and Hunter are Omega Level threats and compelling with a cosmic cliffhanger here.




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What strange days. I can still clearly remember seeing Star Brand #1 in 1986 among the Marvel pile of new comics in my newsagent and it looked so alien... it didn't belong. Reading it the concept was certainly intriguing but as a read it was dull, lacking that vital spark that I can only call excitement, all of those New Universe titles (bar the immediately addictive D.P.7)had exactly the same problem. "The World Outside Your Window" as we immediately found out that month wasn't the best of mandates for inspiring exciting plots.


And now here we are in 2015 with those supposedly never-meet-the-Marvel-universe character recast and rather redundantly thrown into the Marvel universe to.... do not a lot.

Definitely not your fathers Star Brand and Nightmask.... \(geek\)




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