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Rising Stars: Born in Fire (Rising Stars #1)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  950 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Originally published as Rising Stars 1-8 -- verso of cover.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 11th 2000 by Top Cow Productions
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3.5 stars. This one is smack dab in the middle of 3 and 4 stars. I really liked the overall concept of the story which deals with 113 humans who, after a freak event while they were in the womb, are born with special powers and become known as...are you ready for it...."Specials." Each of the Specials has different powers (some standard super hero stuff like strength, flight, healing, invulnerability, pyrokinesis, etc.) and some more interesting ones (for example, one person can enter anothers d...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
The first Act of the limited run graphic novel, Rising Stars is an interesting twist on the superhero genre. It has some obvious similarities to Watchmen in taking a somewhat unprecedented view of what it means to be a superhero, although it is nowhere near as dark. Also, unlike Watchmen where the heroes were (with one glaring exception) more-or-less normal people (well skilled, with lots of gadgets, but not super-powered) who dressed up to fight crime, the heroes in this story have abilities, b...more
Blair Conrad
A very nice comic. The artwork is fine, nothing particularly special, but JMS’s writing is top-notch here. He constructs an interesting premise and a wide array of characters who have special powers caused by a mysterious event a couple of decades ago. Then he mixes it all up with a murder mystery and conspiracy. It makes for compelling reading. I especially like the way that JMS handled the fates of certain of the lesser-powered characters – most comics only focus on the supers who have powers...more
Reprints Rising Stars #1-8 (August 1999-June 2000). An unexplained flash occurs above Pederson and those in utero are discovered to be born with powers. The Specials, as they are known, grow-up…but something sinister is happening. Someone is killing the Specials, and the world is about to find out how dangerous the Specials can be. With each Special death, the Specials powers are dispersed among the surviving Specials…and the power is limited and the desire for power is growing!

Written by J. Mic...more
This is a cleverly-done revisionist superhero comic, but it's hard to forgive the somewhat-familiar plot when the characters are the same angry wooden contrivances that Marvel has been coughing out since Frank Miller brought politics and angst to comics with Dark Knight. Other authors have taken advantage of the sequential format to give their characters multidimensional personalities despite the necessarily sparse dialogue, but this... all plot and no heart.
Traci  Fields
One of Straczynski's very best. His work can be uneven, but when he is firing on all cylinders, he is really firing. One thing I really like about this graphic novel is...well, it has some meat to it, some words. So many graphic novels today are so sparse, and every artist is trying to make a visual movie, I just don't like that. I like a graphic novel which is pictures AND words. I like to read, too. Clever dialogue, beautiful language.
This is for the whole series. I liked the concept but the epic story became too ambitious for JMS to pull off. Some conflicts, characterizations and motivations appear simplistic. Only Alan Moore can probably handle the scope of the story. However I had fun reading this series. It had a great start and ending.
Babylon 5 which was written by JMS remains my favourite tv show of all time. I find his writing their incredible. So when I discovered he'd written his own comic book series I wanted to try it. It was (again) about superheros but I thought it'd be worth investigating anyway. I have to say I was quite disappointed. The storyline is quite mediocure. Kids are born with superhero powers, raised together, then at some point when they grow up start killing each other off as their powers start to fade...more
El Templo de las Mil Puertas
"Rising Stars supone el debut en el mundo del cómic del guionista de televisión J. Michael Straczynski, creador de la serie de culto de ciencia-ficción Babylon 5, que viene avalado nada más y nada menos que por Neil Gaiman (autor de cómics como Sandman y de novelas como Stardust o Neverwhere) quien realiza el prólogo introductorio. En el primer tomo de esta saga (que recoge ocho números de la edición norteamericana de esta miniserie que se compone de un total de veinticuatro) se nos cuenta, desd...more
Jun 17, 2014 Timo rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Good idea, simply brilliant idea behind this one.
Sadly, this one started so strongly, fell in some hole of pointless talking and pottering but picked up again when the end got nearer.
Maybe the second part of the series is more solid.
My review of Rising Stars.

As always, this story blows me away.

"Rising Stars" is one of my favorite graphic novels of all time. I recently (July 2013) decided to re-read the story and discovered I had never entered it in Goodreads, so I'm here to correct my mistake. J. Michael Straczynski has imagined a world in which an event created 113 people with super powers. No more, no less. They all grew up together, know each other intimately . . . but as "Born in Fire" begins, it seems someone is killing them off, one by one. And it must be on of them. One of the...more
Federiken Masters
Oct 11, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans del género y del autor
Recommended to Federiken by: Pedido de Fer Calvi
Un superhéroe poeta, una actriz irresistible, una que parece inofensiva pero es una esquizofrénica cuya segunda personalidad resulta una asesina, uno que quiere matar a todos los otros "especiales" para ir haciéndose con su poder. La verdad que nunca fui muy fan -ni vi muchos capítulos- de Héroes, la tan famosa serie de tv de temática superheróica, pero leyendo esto veo de dónde robaron la mayor parte de las ideas. La historia no está mal, lástima que los dibujos hacen todo lo posible por hundir...more
Came out years before 'Heroes' and explores similar themes, except 'Heroes' and a better cast and was better written.
Some nice takes on super powers and I did like a couple characters, but there's too much jumping around and heavy handed foreshadowing. Also, several of the characters were drawn looking too similar, so that bugged me.

Did like the guy who was too fat to fly, and the guy who wanted to be Batman were interesting.
Felt in the mood for some good comics, and to get back into the mind set of writing them.

These are good stories. Sort of Watchmen with Marvel and DC heros gone bad good and sideways. Straczynski tells a good story, with layers and intrigue and interesting ideas.

The art is not all I would hope it would be, but it doesn't detract from the story. SOrt of classic superhero art, which has it's appeal.
Gonzalo Oyanedel
Un adelantado en adaptar guiones a la estructura de las series televisivas, Straczynski plantea en "Risings Stars" una de las tantas aproximaciones realistas a la idea de los superpoderes, muy bien desarrollada y con personajes que - sin empatizar con el lector - sirven cabalmente a la historia. Final abierto que llama a seguir interesado.
Being the extreme comic book geek that I once was.....I really have gotten pissed at all the people coming out of the woodworks talking about the television show "Heroes"...if you want to see where the idea from Heroes sprang from, check out Joe Strack's Rising Stars. Impeccable writing and deep character development.
I had a hard time getting into it, but WOW! It explores the superhero genre in ways that hasn't been done before. A truly fleshed out, considered world. In the introduction, Gaiman suggested that the storyline for this was already mapped out by Straczynski, so you can expect a consistent, interesting read.
Nicolas Ronvel
Excellente surprise que ce comic découvert à la bibliothèque. Un traitement très moderne des super-héros, crédible et humain. La mise en scène est presque parfaite, et il va falloir se pencher sur l'acte 2 pour savoir si chef d'oeuvre il y a ou pas ...

En bonus, les bonus sont au niveau de l'édition.
Sep 25, 2013 Phoebe rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Phoebe by: Martin Luger
Finally a comic that feels coherent and thought through, without big gaps in logic or action page fillers.
A different approach to "people with special abilities", with very nice ideas and interesting characters. Gonna buy the entire compendium now, can't wait to see what's happening next.
Michelle M
A mysterious flash of energy transforms nearby fetuses into superhumans. Years later, they're starting to die, and the killer must be one of them. Written by J. Michael Straczynski (of Babylon 5 fame), I knew there must be plot-a-plenty, and I wasn't disappointed.
I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel. It reminds me of "Heroes," although I think it predates the TV show. I'm looking forward to reading more of the story. Written by the guy who wrote Babylon 5.
Jason Warren
This reminds me that comics are NOT for kids. Author explores deep themes here not afraid to explore their graphic (no pun intended) and disturbing nature."

A great book about an alternate universe with heroes like mutants and Superman. I definitely want to see what happens next.
Rich Rosell
Re-reading the series. Sure, it's derivative and been done (hello X-men) but I like the characters. So sue me...
When JMS is on, he's a great storyteller. See my review here:
The first volume was amazing. Just wish I could find the others at this point...
I really enjoyed this and can't wait to finish the rest of the series.
JMS shows himself to be an excellent storyteller regardless of the medium.
Fantastic series. Very much like the television series "Heroes".
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Joseph Michael Straczynski (born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or JMS, is an American writer and television producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. He is a playwright, a former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. He was the creator and showrunne...more
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