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Star Brand Classic - Volume 1 by Jim Shooter
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Aug 07, 09

bookshelves: graphic-novels
Recommended to Jesse by: Me, Myself, and I
Recommended for: fans of Wildstorm comics and Warren Ellis
Read in August, 2009, read count: 1

Interesting series. The New Universe imprint/line of titles from Marvel in the late 1980's was ahead of its time. Or at least it was trying to do a lot of what I saw being done by Wildstorm in the late 1990's.

This is the story of Ken Connell, a native of Pittsburgh who is a smart guy floating through life with no real plan or ambition. Then one day he is given a gift of great power, and we get to watch how it effects his life.

Ken is a very flawed character. He constantly allows others to dictate his path through life, rarely ever making his own life decissions. This is true in his love life as well as his super life.

The art it fantastic in this series, since its 90% John Romita Jr. The writing suffers from some of the traditional clunky aspects of mainstream 1980's comics. That being said, for the time, it was great stuff.

All in all its a fun start to a series about a more realistic "superman-esque" superhuman, complete with flaws. And he fights terrorists, Libyans, other supers, and 2 different aliens. Check it out if you want to see the first ripples of the mainstream comic industry trying something different.

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